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"Después" is an adverb which is often translated as "after", and "luego" is an adverb which is often translated as "then". Learn more about the difference between "después" and "luego" 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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luego(
lweh
-
goh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (next)
a. then
Fuimos primero al cine, y luego a comer.We went to the movies first, and then to eat.
2. (afterwards)
a. later
Voy a ir al gimnasio luego porque primero tengo que terminar este informe.I'm going to go to the gym later because I have to finish this report first.
3. (in a short time)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. soon
Si sigues así, luego estarás en un aprieto.If you keep on like this, you'll soon be in a bind.
4. (nearby)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. close
La escuela está aquí luego.The school is close to here.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
5. (as a result)
a. therefore
Está enferma, luego no viene.She is sick, therefore she's not coming.
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