As the title implies, when introducing a list of a definite number of examples, do I write the number before or after "following"?
Personally, I use "Three following examples". However, "following three examples" also exists, but feels wrong for me. Searching for the "three following examples" and "following three examples" in Google, it shows there are more of the second example than the first.
I would assume that in "Three following examples", "following" is treated as an adjective, thus uses the rule where quantity precede all other adjectives. This is why I prefer this one. But I have no idea why "following three examples" is prefered.
Alternatively, I know "the following examples" exists, but I want to see if there's a rule for the definite number.
"Today we're talking about poetry. What's poetry?"
- Please read the three following examples:
- Please read the following three examples:
"I'll read the first question. Number 1:"
- Which of the three following examples are correct?
- Which of the following three examples are correct?