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    Snappy is offline Member
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    Default ...years/days/hours later

    In my understanding, we can use "...years/days/hours later" in the past tense.

    Example: He left his family but returned home three years later.

    Is it possible to use it in the future tense?
    Can I say, for example, "I will go there three days later"?

    I forgot to add an important factor.
    A grammar book published in Japan said that we can't use "three days later" to mean "in three days' time from now."

    Is the following usage acceptable?

    A: He is on another phone. Could you wait?
    B: I'll call him ten minutes later.
    Last edited by Snappy; 05-May-2009 at 12:28.

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    Default Re: ...years/days/hours later

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    In my understanding, we can use "...years/days/hours later" in the past tense.

    Example: He left his family but returned home three years later.

    Is it possible to use it in the future tense?
    Can I say, for example, "I will go there three days later"?

    I forgot to add an important factor.
    A grammar book published in Japan said that we can't use "three days later" to mean "in three days' time from now."



    A: He is on another phone. Could you wait?
    B: I'll call him ten minutes later.
    That grammar book you are referring to is correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Is the following usage acceptable?
    A: He is on another phone. Could you wait?
    B: I'll call him ten minutes later.
    No.
    I will call him later/(with)in ten minutes
    I will call him 10 minutes from now.

    However,
    He left the country but came back 10 years later.

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