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    Thumbs down later or after?

    Around the age of sixteen, you must make one of the biggest decision of your life. “Do I stay on at school and hopefully go on to university _______________?

    The answer is “later” Why not “after? Thanks.

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    Re: later or after?

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    Around the age of sixteen, you must make one of the biggest decision of your life. “Do I stay on at school and hopefully go on to university _______________?

    The answer is “later” Why not “after? Thanks.
    "after" isn't wrong, but "later" is more common and more colloquial.
    With "after" you'd normally say something like:
    “Do I stay on at school and hopefully go on to university after that/after I matriculate". "Later" sounds better if you have to choose just one word.


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    Re: later or after?

    Because 'after' is a preposition, not an adverb. Prepositions go with nouns.

    'later' is an adverb modifying the verb 'go'.

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