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Using 'Después'

Adverb Typically Means 'Afterwards' or 'Later'


Después is a common adverb that usually means "later" or "afterwards":

  • Después fuimos a la jungla. Afterwards we went to the jungle.
  • No sé si voy a verte después. I don't know if I'll see you later.
  • ¿Para qué lavarse los dientes si después voy a comer? Why should I brush my teeth if I'm going to eat later?
  • Bajé los videos para verlos después. I downloaded the videos in order to watch them later.

Después can also function as an invariable (with no plural or gender forms) adjective with time periods or as a prepositional object pronoun with para.

  • Veinte días después, todo ha cambiado. Twenty days later, everything had changed.
  • Pienso en el día después. I'm thinking about the day afterwards. (Alternative translation: I'm thinking about the next day.)
  • No quiero dejar las cosas para después. I don't want to leave things for afterwards.
Después is frequently used in the phrase después de, which functions as a preposition meaning "after." In fact, this may be the most common use of después:

  • Llegamos después de la cena. We're arriving after dinner.
  • No sé qué sucede después de la muerte. I don't know what happens after death.
  • Después de la lluvia, empezó una tragedia. After the rain, a tragedy began.
  • Hay cinco cosas importantes a hacer después de instalar Windows. There are five important things to do after installing Windows.
  • Este libro cubre temas relacionados con la vida después del tratamiento. This book covers subjects related to life after treatment.
  • Me gusta el helado después de estudiar. I like ice cream after studying.
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