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"Después" is an adverb which is often translated as "after", and "después de" is a phrase which is also often translated as "after". Learn more about the difference between "después" and "después de" below.
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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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después de(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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1. (prepositional)
a. after
Después de una semana de lluvia, empecé a pensar que jamás vería el sol. After a week of rain, I began to think I'd never see the sun again.
Después de desayunar, nos vamos a ir de viaje. After eating breakfast, we are going to take a trip.
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