One-Point English Lesson: In vs. After

MIchael Grammar


Be careful of this common mistake:

When ever you want to talk about a period of time from now, in other words, related to the present time you need to use in.

  • I’m leaving my house now so I will be there in 20 minutes.
  • My birthday is in two months.
  • My friend Eddie said he’s going to retire in four years.

On the other hand, after relates to another point in time but not now.

  • I’m going to work until 5 o’clock. After work I’m going to the gym.
  • After I got home last night I did the laundry.
  • I realized I left my keys on my desk after I left the office.

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