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For a leading sentence before a list of items to be presented in a slide deck what is correct?

Following items....

or

The following items...

Use of word "following" is definitively identifying the items being referred so do we still need to use "the"?

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    Definitely "The following items", I'd say. – David Garner Apr 16 '15 at 9:47
  • Note that neither example is a "sentence". – Hot Licks Apr 16 '15 at 11:45
  • @HotLicks I used ellipsis to say that there is something after those words that forms a complete sentence. I did not think that exact words of those sentences are relevant to the question being asked. – Suhas Apr 16 '15 at 14:46
  • Whoever downvoted the question, I would appreciate a comment explaining why they downvoted it? – Suhas Apr 16 '15 at 14:48
  • Following items in the word list I find iterate. – Hot Licks Apr 16 '15 at 16:35
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The following items, as it is more formal oppose to slang like. Following items could be used mid-sentence but I would use "The following items"

  • Slang is “very informal usage in vocabulary and idiom that is characteristically more metaphorical, playful, elliptical, vivid, and ephemeral than ordinary language”. Neither "fhe following items" nor "following items" qualifies as slang. – RegDwigнt Apr 16 '15 at 11:27
  • But if you think about it as I reader I would picture an informal conversation following items like careless – Henry Li Apr 16 '15 at 12:41
  • I can't think of a time where I would ever be okay hearing "Following items", not because it's slang (which I don't agree it is), but because it's not grammatically correct. – Nicole Apr 16 '15 at 12:46

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