What different between this sentences? what is correct/incorrect?

Please check next items:

1) item 1

2) item 2

Please check the following items:

1) item 1

2) item 2


  • TFD says for next: "Immediately following, as in time, order, or sequence: next week; the next item on the list." And for following a. (prenominal) about to be mentioned, specified, etc: the following items. – Mari-Lou A Oct 24 '14 at 7:54

Next comes immediately after; following may come anytime after.

In the example, only the first item in the list can be called "next," but all the other items in the list are "following."


In a list such as this 'the following' is generally used.

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    I know :-), but what different between 'next week' and 'the following items'? – user345352353 Oct 24 '14 at 6:57
  • 'Next' + time period means 'the time period after the current one. 'The next' = time period means the time period following a previously mentioned one. We do not use 'next' without the definite article before other nouns. In the context of lists, we do not use 'the next', because it would suggest a previously mentioned list. – tunny Oct 24 '14 at 7:33
  • Aha! December 3rd you popped in. Which is reassuring, I thought something bad might have happened... I do hope that you change your mind and continue to contribute, I really appreciated your answers. (Did someone piss you off in EL&U? Or are you bored?) – Mari-Lou A Dec 7 '14 at 5:49
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    @Mari-LouA - Hi. I enjoyed the questions and answers, but decided I am too old to spend time deciding whether something should go as a comment or as an answer, and I am not into worrying about the finer points of whether a question is off-topic or not. So, I am spending my time in forums where I can concentrate on just helping people who have questions. EL&U is great for some people, but it's not for me. I shall miss some people, but I pop in occasionally to read what they have to say. – tunny Dec 8 '14 at 7:50
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    Oh, Mr Tunny I shall miss you. EL&U needs more users like you, who cares about whether something should be a comment or an answer as long as it helps the person who's asking! I shall miss your contributions, they were spot on and at times humorous. The "I have a bout of malaria" will stay with me, as well as your explanation for try + to vs try + -ing. – Mari-Lou A Dec 8 '14 at 10:08

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