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.
If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!
FREE Phrasal Verb Workshop
Let’s Master Phrasal Verbs & Vocabulary
In this FREE phrasal verb and vocabulary workshop I’ll teach you
- What phrasal verbs are and how we use them
- Why it is important for you to study phrasal verbs
- How to learn and actually remember this vocabulary using my proven 3 Easy Step Method.
My students tell me that it’s easy to learn phrasal verbs but really difficult to remember them when you need to use them. Now, I’ll show you how to do both!
Start really building your vocabulary today! And get my FREE pdf: 50 Phrasal Verbs