I have never heard of this expression, 'this follows from~.' Is it grammatically correct? I can't say I rely on the article in Wikipedia.

SMS language is similar to that used by those sending telegraphs that charged by the word. It seeks to use the fewest number of letters to produce ultra-concise words and sentiments[2] in dealing with space, time and cost constraints of text messaging. This follows from how early SMS permitted only 160 characters and some carriers charge messages by the number of characters sent.[3]

It also shares some of these characteristics with Internet slang and Telex speak following from how its evolution is rather symbiotic to the evolution of use of shorthand in Internet chat rooms.



Yes, "this follows from" is both grammatically correct and idiomatic, although the linked ngram suggests that its use peaked in the 1960s. "This follows from" usually means "This came about because of" the preceding conditions in the sentence or paragraph before it.

The second example is a poorly constructed sentence, and "following from how" sounds contrived and awkward to my ear. It might better have been stated as follows:

SMS language also shares some of these characteristics with Internet slang and "Telex-speak," as it evolved alongside the use of shorthand in Internet chat rooms.

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  • Thank you, Mr. Hubbard. One more question, please. What does 'follow from' mean? Does it mean 'to be a logical consequence'? – Lifeispicnic Oct 1 '17 at 15:57
  • I've edited my answer to address your follow-up question. Once one is in the habit of using a phrase like "this follows from," a writer may tend to over-use it, as is the case in your example from Wikipedia. – Mark Hubbard Oct 1 '17 at 16:08
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    I don't much like the cited use of how in a context where it clearly carries the sense of the fact that [something was done] rather than the way it was done. It sounds "slangy" to me, at odds with the "semi-formal" construction X follows from Y. – FumbleFingers Oct 1 '17 at 17:14
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    In math discussions, "A follows from B" is a standard locution meaning that B can be deduced logically from A. Ask any mathematician. If I were writing history, which once upon a time I planned to do, I probably would be reluctant to use the construction because it implies to me the kind of logical rigor that history almost never can claim. – Jeff Morrow Oct 1 '17 at 19:22

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