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    afterwards

    Are these sentences correct:
    In summer it is still customary to barbecue here and light fireworks afterwards.
    In summer it is still customary here to barbecue and light fireworks afterwards.

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    #2

    Re: afterwards

    Both are correct, but they mean different things. I would be more likely to use 'set off' than 'light'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Jan-2017 at 19:29.

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    Re: afterwards

    Hi Piscean.

    First of all, thanks for your help and advice. I didn't know that these sentences are so different in meaning.
    Could be so kind and explain that to me?

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    Re: afterwards

    I should have said that they could mean different things

    In summer it is still customary to barbecue here and light fireworks afterwards.
    This probably means that the barbecue and the fireworks will take place 'here', at the place where the words are spoken.


    In summer it is still customary here to barbecue and light fireworks afterwards
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    This probably means that the people here (in this town, region, country) customarily have barbecues and light fires afterwards.

    However, both sentences could have either meaning. Context will normally show which is intended.

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    Re: afterwards

    Thanks a lot for your efforts Piscean.

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