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    #1

    after or afterwards

    I bought a new umbrella but lost it shortly afterward.

    Could I use "after" to replace "afterward" in this case?

    That is, I bought a new umbrella but lost it shortly after.

    Jason

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    #2

    Re: after or afterwards

    Yes — you should use after.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: after or afterwards

    Okay - I would have said "afterwards" with the S.
    For "shortly after" I feel something is missing. "But lost it shortly after I got it."

    American? Or just personal preference?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: after or afterwards

    I'm with you Barb. I would have said "afterwards". Actually, I would probably have said "I lost it a little while later" but for the purposes of this exercise, after "shortly" I would say "afterwards".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: after or afterwards

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    I bought a new umbrella but lost it shortly afterward.

    Could I use "after" to replace "afterward" in this case?

    That is, I bought a new umbrella but lost it shortly after.

    Jason
    I would be inclined to use "afterward" (no "s") and from what I have learned, use of the word with "s" is more popular in BrE (check this please, BrE speakers). Also, to simply use "after" seems to me to "beg" a continuation such as "after I bought it".


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