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Following are / Followings are

The following are default extensions. The followings are default extensions.

Which one of the above is correct?

  • May 21, 2007
  • Posted by gin
  • Filed in Grammar

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The former--just as you would say, "The extensions following are each default." _Following_ is a participle, and English participles do not decline.

Ruricolist May 22, 2007, 10:42am

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The first one! :)

Anonymous May 23, 2007, 4:08am

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I don't know what Ruricolist means by participle. In "The following are default extensions," "following" is a noun. It is idiomatic in that it appears to be singular, but is followed by a plural verb. Perhaps it is a contraction of "the following things"

John May 23, 2007, 10:50am

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By participle I mean that _following_ is the adjective made from the verb _to follow_. In "The following are default extensions," following is not a noun as such but a substantive adjective, which has no number: as in "Blessed are the meek [not the _meeks_ nor the _meek ones_], for they shall inherit the earth."

Ruricolist May 24, 2007, 9:33am

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The first one is right.

mousumirao June 21, 2007, 6:30pm

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The following are default extensions: { list }

to suggest "The list of default extensions are as follows" in the singular, referring to "list" rather than "extensions."

Simply, "The default extensions are" without the colon, indent over, then indicate list.

"Followings" as a plural noun suggests the "followers" of a leader or, it also suggests the "goings-on" depending on context.

lastronin February 18, 2008, 7:38am

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i think following is one has to follow some rules or regulations or to follow some thing and followings does not exist we have made that

sonid69 March 27, 2009, 12:03am

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beyhan_45_ September 14, 2009, 1:19am

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Actually, lastronin, "followings" as a plural noun suggests two or more groups of "followers" of possibly two or more leaders. E.g., "Both Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell have large followings. The Reverend Sun Yung Moon's following was notably large in comparison"

porsche September 14, 2009, 5:13am

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