I asked a question in another post, where I uploaded an image to demonstrate what my room and said

My room looks like as follow with concrete walls

and I am considering if both expression are idiomatic?

My room looks like as follow

My room looks like the following

  • As follows, but yes both are acceptable. In your example sentence, I would probably say "as follows, but with concrete walls". Jan 28, 2020 at 14:38

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"As follows" is really a way to introduce more text, often a list, for example:

  • My shopping list is as follows: three bananas, one bag of potatoes, three cans of soup.

  • The lyrics to the song are as follows:
    "We all live in a yellow submarine
    a yellow submarine...."

You can use "the following" in a similar way:

  • I would like you to buy the following: three bananas...

However, you can refer to other things with "the following", for example, "in the following photograph" or "in the following film clip".

In the context of your example, you said it was introducing an image. You should, therefore, use "the following", and point to the image, for example:

My room looks like the following image, with concrete walls.

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    This answers the question regarding follows/following very well. But notice there is another issue with the sentence. It is more idiomatic (or even more semantically correct) to say, “My room looks like the room in the following image.” The image might be described as being small, vivid, distorted, out of focus, etc but the room in it can be described as ”looking like my room”. I am not saying the original sentence’s form of words is not possible and might in fact be frequently used, it’s just that I see it as not entirely idiomatic or ’correct’. Jan 28, 2020 at 21:33

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