When we want to write something (often lists or points), we say:

the main points are as follows:

  1. Abc
  2. Def
  3. Ghi

"Points" is plural but we still write "follows". Why is it not written as "follow" as in

the main points are as follow:

So why is it written "follows"? Are both correct?


'As follows' means 'as described in the passage that follows this'.

What comes next, usually in the form of a list. For example, Mary planned her day as follows: returning all phone calls; a department meeting; lunch with her colleagues; library research. This term is always put in the singular (“follows”) even though it applies to numerous items and is frequently followed by a colon. It was first recorded in 1548.


The original example is correct.

The other version is not natural.

  • I suppose it means "as described in the passage that follows this". – Kate Bunting Sep 12 '20 at 10:57

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