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  1. Newbie
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    which is correct? later/after

    Hello all
    I'd like to make sure how to use after/later when you refer future event from the certain point of time in a sentence.

    I will visit my parents in a week, and they are going to visit me after a month.

    Note that there is exactly one month time between two visits.

    Is the underlined part correct?

    Would it be possible to say:
    a month after.
    a month later.
    in a month from it.

    Which is the most natural for you as a native English speaker?
    Or do you have any other suggestion?

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    Re: which is correct? later/after

    I'm not really sure, but my best guess is
    I will visit my parents in a week, and they will visit me a month after that.

  3. Newbie
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    Re: which is correct? later/after

    Quote Originally Posted by rancher247 View Post
    I'm not really sure, but my best guess is
    I will visit my parents in a week, and they will visit me a month after that.
    Thank you rancher247, so probably using "later" here sounds odd to you?


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    Re: which is correct? later/after

    Quote Originally Posted by tomo View Post
    Hello all
    I'd like to make sure how to use after/later when you refer future event from the certain point of time in a sentence.

    I will visit my parents in a week, and they are going to visit me after a month.

    Note that there is exactly one month time between two visits.

    Is the underlined part correct?

    Would it be possible to say:

    a month after. Not natural, Tomo. As Rancher noted, add 'that'; "a month after that".

    a month later. Okeydokey.

    in a month from it. Don't use 'it'. Since you haven't specified how long of a visit you'll have with your parents, it's hard to decide what pronoun/adverb to use.

    I will visit my parents in a week and stay for a week/for three days/etc., and they are going to visit me a month from then. The word 'then' now refers to a specific point in time.


    Which is the most natural for you as a native English speaker?
    Or do you have any other suggestion?
    I will visit my parents in a week, [for (time period)] and they are going to visit me a month later.

    I will visit my parents in a week, [for (time period)] and they are going to visit me a month after that.

    Remember that you can't use these from "now'. They are used to describe a further future point from a nearer future point.

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    Re: which is correct? later/after

    Try this, "I will visit them in a week, and they will visit me a month after that."


    That's the most natural way to say it, for me.

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