Quick answer
"Después" is an adverb which is often translated as "after", and "tras" is a preposition which is also often translated as "after". Learn more about the difference between "después" and "tras" below.
después(
dehs
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pwehs
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (indicating time)
a. after
Llamé a mis papás justo después de comprometerme.I called my parents just after getting engaged.
b. later
Iré de compras después pero ahora tengo que estudiar.I'll go shopping later but now I have to study.
c. afterwards
¿Podemos ir al parque después? Ahora quiero descansar.Can we go to the park afterwards? I want to rest now.
2. (indicating sequence)
a. then
¿Y después qué pasó?And then what happened?
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tras(
trahs
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (following)
a. after
Día tras día, ella va creciendo más fuerte.Day after day, she keeps growing stronger.
2. (working towards)
a. after
Ella anda tras el hombre de sus sueños.She's after the man of her dreams.
3. (on the far side of)
a. behind
La biblioteca de nuestro pueblo está tras el banco.The library in our town is behind the bank.
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