AFTER vs. IN To Talk About Time – English Preposition Lesson

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We use in + time period to talk about a point in the future that is related to now:

  • I’ll see you in thirty minutes. This means 30 minutes from right now.
  • Jack said he will be here in an hour. This means one hour from right now

We use after to talk about a point in time in the past or the future that is related to another point in time already mentioned. After does not relate to now.

We can use after in the past:

  • I got to the party at 8:00, which was 30 minutes after Jack got to the party.  
  • I took the medicine the doctor gave me and after two days, I felt great!

We can use after in the future:

  • I am flying to Miami next week. After that, I am going to Dallas.
  • I will call you after I get home.

Now, it’s your turn. How about trying to use after or in in an original sentence in the comment box below? I’ll check it for you.

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