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Consider we have the sentence

My bird likes sunflower seeds. She eats a lot of seeds everyday.

Using pronoun resolution we can replace she with the actual subject 'My birds'; converting 'She eats a lot of seeds everyday.' to 'My bird eats a lot of seeds everyday. '

Similarly, assume the below sentences where we have the *'the following * '* (where * refers to a noun):

  1. It stores itself in the following location: \windows.
  2. It tries to open the following file: file.exe.
  3. The following rows are deleted: row1 row2.

We simply can remove (resolve) 'the following' and write them as

  1. It stores itself in \windows. (Replaced the 'the following location:' with the actual location \windows)
  2. It tries to open file.exe. (Replaced 'the following file:' with actual file which it was referring to: file.exe)
  3. Row1 and row2 are deleted: row1 and row2. (Replaced 'The following rows' with row1 and row2).

Unlike the 'My bird eats a lot of seeds everyday.' where I used pronoun resolution here I am resolving object with the actual ones. My question is what is this technique? And what is the grammar behind this. Is there any specific naming for 'the following' ? Any help and insight is greatly appreciated.

  • What does 'tones of seeds' mean? – Michael Harvey Mar 24 at 19:39
  • A lot of seeds. – Clash Warner Mar 24 at 19:46
  • Maybe you meant tons of seeds? You should be careful because some people would think you really meant tons of seeds, which means a very large bird. 'Tons of' meaning 'a lot of' is slangy and casual. Better to say 'a lot of seeds'. A ton is a measure of weight, either 2,240 pounds, or 1,000 kg. – Michael Harvey Mar 24 at 20:03
  • Thanks but my question is something else. That was just a toy example which i edited to avoid confusion. – Clash Warner Mar 24 at 20:06
  • I edited the third example because it had not been modified at all. But I wasn't sure whether to write "Rows 1 and 2" instead. The phrase "the following" is just a way to introduce the list which follows (some containing only one item). – Weather Vane Mar 24 at 21:07

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