I am writing test instructions for a website.
Which is (more) correct from these two sentences?

Die Testanweisung ist Folgendes:

Die Testanweisung ist folgende:

I know that it is die Testanweisung, so that speaks for folgende being correct. Intuitively, however, Folgendes sounds better to me, but I am not a native speaker of German.

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    I'd just write "Testanweisung:".
    – Robert
    May 13 '14 at 13:28

The question is, if 'folgend' is used as a noun or as an adverb.

Is it 'das Folgende' or 'die folgende Erklärung'?

So your options are

Die Testanweisung ist Folgendes, das was folgt:


Die Testanweisung ist folgende, Anweisung, die folgt:

As a reference, check out the Duden entry for folgend and Regel 72 for capitalization of adjectives and participles.


"Die" Anweisung, also folgende


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