grammar word summary: After can be: ■ a preposition: I went for a swim after breakfast. ■ an adverb: He died on 3rd June and was buried the day after. ■ a conjunction: After you'd left, I got a phone call from Stuart.
1) at a later time when a particular time has passed, or when an event or action has ended
You can call us any time after 6.00 this evening.[/ex]
After the war, I went back to work on the farm.[/ex]
This message arrived after everyone had gone home.[/ex]
It seems noisy at first, but after a while you get used to it.[/ex]
Wash your hands after touching raw meat.[/ex]
2) saying how much later used for saying how much later something is
His birthday is two days after mine.[/ex]
I can start work tomorrow or the day after.[/ex]
You shouldn't go swimming straight after a big meal.[/ex]
3) at a later position in a list following someone or something else in order in a list or in a piece of writing
N comes after M in the alphabet.[/ex]
The US is our largest export market after Germany.[/ex]
4) past a place further along a road, railway etc
You turn right just after the pub.[/ex]
We get off at the station after Providence.[/ex]
5) trying to get sb/sth trying to catch, find, or get someone or something
I ran after her to apologize.[/ex]
Watch out, he's only after your money.[/ex]
The police are after him for burglary.[/ex]
6) because of sth used for saying how someone is influenced by something that happened in the past
After what happened last time, I was careful not to make the same mistakes.[/ex]
7) despite sth despite everything that was done in the past
After everything that I'd done for her, she didn't even say thank you.[/ex]
8) time past the hour American
used in telling the time, for giving the number of minutes past the hour
after all — 1) despite what was said or planned before[/ex]
I'm sorry, but we've decided not to come after all.[/ex]
Maybe she was right after all.[/ex]

— 2) used when giving a reason to explain what you have just said

She shouldn't be working so hard - she is 70, after all.[/ex]
after youspoken used for politely telling someone that they can do something before you or walk somewhere in front of you[/ex]
day after day/year after year etc — happening again and again every day/year etc for a long time[/ex]
Many families come back to our hotel year after year.[/ex]
one after another; one after the other — used for saying that actions are done or things happen with very little time between them[/ex]
They had four children one after another.[/ex]
one after another; one after the other — used for saying that each person or thing is immediately followed by the next[/ex]
One day I had three different exams one after the other.[/ex]

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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