My co-worker sent me a message with the text below:

"description to follow"

Actually this is the only text inside of the message where there are some pictures attached.

I got what it says "Description will follow" or similar to that but what I want to learn is which grammar rule can explain this type of usage?

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It could be that "to follow" is the infinitive acting as an adjective, but think that the phrase is just shorthand for:

[The] description [is going] to follow [this message].

The person who sent you the pictures did not have time to write out descriptions for them, nor did they have time to write the full sentence out.

"More to come" is a very common idiom.

  • Yep. There's nothing special about this, it's just that he omitted the words that could be inferred from context, as is acceptable in informal situations. Sep 21 '11 at 13:43

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