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The purpose of the workshop is to improve the company following discussion with the company's employees.

I'm not sure about the word following. What is its grammar function in the sentence?

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As I read it:

The purpose of the workshop is to improve the company, following discussions with the company's employees.

Adding a comma after company. When writen this way, discussions with the employees provided feedback for the workshop.

following is a preposition in this usage.

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This sentence is a little confusing. I think it might be reworded to:

After the employees discuss it, the workshop should improve the company.

Although I am not sure if this is the meaning you are trying to impart. Following is a synonym to after.

EDIT: Some comments have suggested another possible meaning.

The purpose of the workshop is to improve the company according to the suggestions of the employees.

In this case, following is a synonym to according to.

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  • But following could also be along the lines of as in "The purpose of the workshop is to improve the company as was discussed with the employees."
    – Jim
    Sep 17 '14 at 1:49
  • Above sentence, i have got from England person in English and usage. But i have some confused that.
    – Carter
    Sep 17 '14 at 3:23
  • Do you remember if the speaker of the sentence paused for a second after the word company? That might imply the meaning suggested by user3169. Sep 17 '14 at 4:40

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