followup vs follow up, follow-up : Common Errors in English

About followup vs follow up, follow-up

A doctor can follow up with a patient during a follow-up visit (note that the adjectival form requires a hyphen). Neither phrase should be turned into a single hyphenless word.

followup Meaning(s)

  • (n) a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work
  • (n) an activity that continues something that has already begun or that repeats something that has already been done
  • (n) a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment

followup in News

  1. Another Study Confirms Hands-Free Texting While Driving Is Unsafe

    schwit1 writes with a followup to a story we discussed in April about how using voice-activated texting while driving was no safer than using your hands. Now, a study by AAA has found that using voice commands to send texts is more dangerous than simply talking on your cellphone. "Texting a friend verbally while behind the wheel caused a 'large' amount of mental distraction compared with ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Slashdot

  2. What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

    Five years ago today, reader J.J. Ramsey asked what's keeping you off Windows (itself a followup to this question about the opposite situation). With five years of development time gone by for Windows as well as all the alternative OSes, where does Windows stand for you today? (Is it the year of Linux on the Desktop yet?) Read more of this story at Slashdot.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Slashdot

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