after / later

Use after + phrase, and use later alone (at the end of a sentence or phrase).

  • I’ll call you later.

    I’ll call you after I get home from work.

  • First he bought a new car. Two weeks later, he bought a new motorcycle. He bought a new motorcycle two weeks after he bought a car.

    You can say “later + time period” to refer to an unspecified time in the future, which is still within the period, for example:

  • I’ll finish the project later this week.
  • We’ll go on vacation later this year.

    Never end a sentence with “after.” Instead, you can use “afterwards”

  • “Did you go straight home after the baseball game?”

    No, we went out for drinks after.

    No, we went out for drinks afterwards.