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    Default I'll see you after a week?

    Why doens't after work in the below? My grammar book says only in is the answer, but I think after also works.

    ex) I'll see you (in, after) a week.

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    Default Re: I'll see you after a week?

    "After" may work logically, but that is not how people actually talk. They say "in a week."

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    Default Re: I'll see you after a week?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "After" may work logically, but that is not how people actually talk. They say "in a week."
    what about "after 9 days"?

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    Default Re: I'll see you after a week?

    That's possible, but more likely you would hear "in nine days."

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    Default Re: I'll see you after a week?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    That's possible, but more likely you would hear "in nine days."
    I think (perhaps I'd better say "thought") that "in 9 days" means: tomorrow or the day after tomorrow or on the third day or on the 8'th day or on the 9'th day.

    And I think that "after 9 days" means: not tomorrow or the day after tomorrow or ... or on the 9'th day, but on the 10'th day.

    Am I wrong SoothingDave?

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    Default Re: I'll see you after a week?

    Yes, you are wrong.

    A doctor might say "In 9 days, you can remove the bandage." Or he might say "After 9 days, you can remove the bandage."

    Either way he does not mean to do it tomorrow. It means wait until 9 days are over.

    What you were describing is "in (or within) the next 9 days." Say you need to go get your driver's license renewed before it expires. You might tell someone you need to do this in the next 9 days.

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    Default Re: I'll see you after a week?

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    I think (perhaps I'd better say "thought") that "in 9 days" means: tomorrow or the day after tomorrow or on the third day or on the 8'th day or on the 9'th day.

    And I think that "after 9 days" means: not tomorrow or the day after tomorrow or ... or on the 9'th day, but on the 10'th day.

    Am I wrong SoothingDave?
    It's really important to know "in" is the oppsite of "within" for future tense, otherwise it would cause a lot of confusion. A lot of students make the same mistake as you do in Korea.

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