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xやyなどと続いた後で、zという答えがあった。

Literally it means something like:

The answers were x, y followed by z.

What is the better translation for this?

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As far as the nuance goes, it is like saying:

"After a (long) run/series of answers such as X and Y, there came Answer Z."

「~~と[続]{つづ}いた」 implies that it took a pretty long time for all the answers to be presented.

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  • Could you elaborate a bit why the author used と before 続いた ? Commented Jun 4, 2016 at 3:14
  • @YasashiiEirian The と is quotative... I think.
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    Commented Jun 4, 2016 at 3:14
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The answers x and y were followed by the answer z.

It can be used like this as well.

ジョギングやジムの続いた後で、スイミングをしました

After going for a a jog and to the gym, I went swimming.

In the above case, it implies that even though I did all of those exercises I still went swimming.

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