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"En vez de" is a preposition which is often translated as "instead of", and "después de" is a phrase which is often translated as "after". Learn more about the difference between "en vez de" and "después de" below.
en vez de(
ehn
 
behs
 
deh
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (general)
a. instead of
¿Por qué no me ayudas en vez de quedarte ahí mirando?Why don't you help me instead of sitting there watching?
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después de(
dehs
-
pwehs
 
deh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
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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