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    in or after

    Hello,
    What is better to use for a timespan?

    The goods will come in 2 weeks.
    The good will come after 2 weeks.

    The train arrives (Simple Present because of traffic) in 5 minutes.
    The train arrives after 5 minutes.

    I will leave in 2 minutes.
    I will leave after 2 minutes.


    The guy worked quickly and finished his work in 60 minutes.
    The guy worked quickly and finished his work after 60 minutes.

    Cheers!

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    Exclamation Re: in or after

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    What is better to use for a timespan?

    The goods will come in 2 weeks. (within 2 weeks, it may be one day or one week)
    The good will come after 2 weeks. ( It is more than two weeks, may be three weeks or a month)

    The train will/arrives (Simple Present because of traffic) in 5 minutes/schedule time. (Use future ‘will’ to express specific time, simple present for schedule time) or
    The train arrives as scheduled in 5 minutes.
    The train will arrive (s) after 5 minutes.

    I will leave in 2 minutes.
    I will leave after 2 minutes.

    The guy worked quickly and finished his work in 60 minutes.
    The guy worked quickly and finished his work after 60 minutes. (This can not work here with the implied idea)

    Cheers!
    It depends on the context. If you want to express something to happen within a specific time use ‘in’ and later than certain specific time/period use ‘after’
    Last edited by sarat_106; 10-Nov-2009 at 08:34.

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