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    #1

    "after " or " later"

    I am a little bit confused at "after" or " later", "earlier" or "before"
    What is the main difference between the following sentences.
    Case <1>
    (a) He came back a few weeks later.
    (b) He came back after a few weeks.
    Case <2>
    (a)He was talking with the people that he had not even been able to look at
    a few weeks earlier.
    (b) He was talking with the people that he had not even been able to look at
    a few weeks before.
    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: "after " or " later"

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    No difference that I can see, Yoshi-- just two different ways to say the same thing.
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    Re: "after " or " later"

    Mister Micawber,
    Thank you for helping me.

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    Wink Re: "after " or " later"

    Hi Yoshitakehori,
    In case 1, 'a' could suggest that he he came back after a few weeks AND that he came back a few weeks later than expected.
    'b' suggests that he came after a few weeks because he was unhappy - maybe his stay was meant to be for several months. He had the option to stay for longer.
    In case 2, I agree with Mister Micawber.

    Hope this helps,
    Dippit

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