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following, in the wake of, as a result of, after

Although some guides object to the use of following as a preposition, it has come into general use meaning either “immediately after” or “as a sequel to.” Other choices include after, in the wake of and as a result of.

  • The annual meeting took place following (or after) the buffet supper.
  • Following (or as a result of) layoffs by the region’s major employer, housing prices have dropped significantly.