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    using "after"

    Hello,

    I have a question for you regarding the use of "after".

    I am a native English speaker, but I had a Japanese English teacher ask me a question that I wasn't sure about.

    I told her that the following sentences were all okay.
    - I will see you after the meeting.
    - I will see you after next week.
    - I am looking forward to seeing you in two weeks.
    - I am looking forward to seeing you after class.

    I told her that the following sentence doesn't sound right.
    - I am looking forward to seeing you after two weeks.

    In this case, "after" sounds extremely strange, but I can't explain why. I'm I right?

    Thanks in advance!!
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    Re: using "after"

    Quote Originally Posted by ichibanrfx View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question for you regarding the use of "after".

    I am a native English speaker, but I had a Japanese English teacher ask me a question that I wasn't sure about.

    I told her that the following sentences were all okay.
    - I will see you after the meeting.
    - I will see you after next week.
    - I am looking forward to seeing you in two weeks.
    - I am looking forward to seeing you after class.

    I told her that the following sentence doesn't sound right.
    - I am looking forward to seeing you after two weeks.

    In this case, "after" sounds extremely strange, but I can't explain why. I'm I right?

    Thanks in advance!!
    I think it's possible in the right context.

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    Re: using "after"

    Bhaisahab,

    Thanks for your reply and answer. For me, I think it is more natural to say "I am looking forward to seeing you in two weeks." rather than "I am looking forward to seeing you after two weeks." However, "I am looking forward to seeing you after two weeks" is grammatically correct right?

    The book, that she is using to teach, says that using "after" is not correct in this case. The book says that if the writer uses "after", then the verb should be in past tense. That is when I thought of some examples that were not in past tense. The example that the book gave is "I saw her after two weeks." but, I think this sentence is unclear. It sounds like the sentence is missing some information.

    So is the book wrong in this case?

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    Re: using "after"

    Quote Originally Posted by ichibanrfx View Post
    Bhaisahab,
    I'm not bhaisahab, but I can give you my opinion.
    Thanks for your reply and answer. For me, I think it is more natural to say "I am looking forward to seeing you in two weeks." rather than "I am looking forward to seeing you after two weeks." However, "I am looking forward to seeing you after two weeks" is grammatically correct right? Yes.

    The book, that she is using to teach, says that using "after" is not correct in this case. The book says that if the writer uses "after", then the verb should be in past tense. That is when I thought of some examples that were not in past tense. The example that the book gave is "I saw her after two weeks." but, I think this sentence is unclear. It sounds like the sentence is missing some information.

    So is the book wrong in this case?
    Yes, the book is wrong if it says that you have to use the past tense with 'after'. But I'm not even sure what "if the writer uses "after", then the verb should be in past tense" means. As a statement out of context, it's obviously wrong. "I will see you after the meeting" is a counterexample which proves it wrong.

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