Learn English – What’s the opposite of “precede”


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 b and 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:

If line a "precedes" line b, then what is the proper and unambiguous term for the relationship between line b, relative to line a? Postcede?

Best Answer

Line B is preceded by Line A.

Line A is followed by Line B.

EDIT after the first comment:

To make it active, you can try:

Line B follows Line A.

Alternatively, you could say:

Line B comes after Line A.

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