In the particular context that I'm in, I was writing about several lines of programming. For simplicity, let's call them:
line a line b
First, I described
line a. Great. Then I wanted to write about
line b, but couldn't think of the way to describe the relationship between
a. The closest I could think of was "follows", but to say "the following line" is ambiguous: it can refer to either the line of code after
line a, or it can imply that I'm going to copy and paste
line b into my text and reference it there (which was not the case).
I ended up saying something to the effect of "
line a precedes some code that…", but was wondering:
line a "precedes"
line b, then what is the proper and unambiguous term for the relationship between
line b, relative to
line a? Postcede?