Quick answer
"Later on" is a phrase which is often translated as "más tarde", and "afterward" is an adverb which is often translated as "después". Learn more about the difference between "later on" and "afterward" below.
later on(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (afterward)
a. más tarde
We just got back from the movies, and we're going to the park later on.Acabamos de regresar del cine, y más tarde vamos al parque.
b. más adelante
Remember your questions. There will be time to ask them later on.Recuerden sus preguntas. Habrá tiempo para hacerlas más adelante.
c. después
Don't worry about dinner. I'll make it later on.No se preocupen por la cena. Yo la hago después.
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afterward(
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tuhr
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wuhrd
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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. (at a later time)
a. después
We have to go to the doctor first, but afterward we can buy ice cream.Primero tenemos que ir al doctor, pero después podemos comprar helado.
b. más tarde
Just leave the dishes there; I'll wash them afterward.Deja allí los platos, que yo los lavo más tarde.
c. luego
We went to the movies and had dinner afterward.Fuimos al cine y luego cenamos.
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