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    #1

    After/later/in/within

    1. He will come after 20 days.
    2. He will come 20 days later.
    3. He will come in 20 days.
    4. He will come within 20 days.


    Are all grammatically correct?
    Which are more common and natural?
    Do all mean the same?

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    Re: After/later/in/within

    They are all possible, though they do not mean the same.

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    Re: After/later/in/within

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    They are all possible, though they do not mean the same.
    You mean all the four of them have four different meanings?

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    Re: After/later/in/within

    Yes, they have different meanings.
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    Re: After/later/in/within

    (1) (not very common and (2) (natural) mean that he will come twenty days after something previously mentioned.
    (3) means that he will come 20 days after the sentence has been uttered.
    (4) means that he will come 20 days or less after the sentence has been uttered.

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