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    jctgf is offline Key Member
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    after vs behind

    "the red book after/behind the blue one on the shelf."
    what is the right way, please?
    is it right that "after" refers to time while "behind" is related to space?
    thanks

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    Re: after vs behind

    behind is correct in your sentence.

    is it right that "after" refers to time while "behind" is related to space?
    I'd say: not quite.

    Examples for behind relating to time:

    The bus was 20 minutes behind time. (the bus was late)

    (also: He is completely behind the times (He is old-fashioned))

    Example for after relating to location:

    Our house is the next house after the library.

    Hope that helps
    Snowcake

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