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    later on

    Which is correct:
    1) The event took place on the fifteenth of December, but I read about it later.

    2) The event took place on the fifteenth of December, but I read about it later on.

    I don't know why I don't like '2'. It seems like the temporal distance between the event and my reading about it does not match with 'later on', which implies a short time.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Nov-2016 at 21:59. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: later on

    As a general rule, I agree with you.

    I'll do it later on today. (Obviously, the same day.)
    Let's go out later on. (I would assume the same day.)

    I'll do it later this week. (Clearly not the same day.)

    However, both of them can refer to a point in time later the same day.

    I've got your report. I'll read it later.
    I've got your report. I'll read it later on.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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