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"Después" is an adverb which is often translated as "after", and "próximo" is an adjective which is often translated as "next". Learn more about the difference between "después" and "próximo" below.
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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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (following)
a. next
La próxima vez que me digas cómo manejar, paro el carro.The next time you tell me how to drive, I'm stopping the car.
2. (indicating closeness)
a. close
Encontramos una escuela próxima a la casa para que los niños puedan ir andando.We found a school close to the house so that the kids can walk.
b. near
La boda está próxima y no hemos terminado con los preparativos.The wedding is near and we haven't finished with the preparations.
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