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    Can we say "I'll come three minutes later"?

    Is it common to use "period of time + later" with Future Tense, or "after + period of time" with Future Tense is better?
    e.g. I'll come three minutes later.
    I'll come after three minutes.
    Are both okay?
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    Re: Can we say "I'll come three minutes later"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin-Yu Tsai View Post
    Is it common to use "period of time + later" with Future Tense, or "after + period of time" with Future Tense is better?
    e.g. I'll come three minutes later.
    I'll come after three minutes.
    Are both okay?
    Thank you.
    I don't think it is correct in English.

    You can say:
    I will come after three minutes.
    I will come in three minutes.
    I will come in three minutes' time.

    In the past tense, you can say:
    I came three minutes later.
    Last edited by tedmc; 21-Dec-2016 at 12:59.
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    Re: Can we say "I'll come three minutes later"?

    I will come after three minutes.
    I wouldn't use this form in BrE.

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    Re: Can we say "I'll come three minutes later"?

    If you say "I'll come three minutes later", it is in reference to a time that is not now. So:

    A: "I'll be here at 3:00."
    B: "I'll come three minutes later."

    In other words, B will come at 3:03.

    If you're talking on the phone to your friend and it's currently 10:00, and you will meet him at 10:03, you can say "I'll be there in three minutes." When talking about an upcoming plan with respect to now, this is the most common form: "in + period of time" (e.g. "I'll see you in two weeks.")

    "after + period of time" does not sound right to me at all. You can use it with a time, such as "I have to work late today. I won't be at the restaurant until after 7:00."
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