Quick answer
"Later" is an adverb which is often translated as "más tarde", and "after that" is a phrase which is often translated as "después de eso". Learn more about the difference between "later" and "after that" below.
later(
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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 future time)
a. más tarde
Let's go later. I'm too tired now.Vayamos más tarde. Ahora estoy muy cansada.
b. después
I realized later that I left my keys at home.Me di cuenta después que había dejado las llaves en casa.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (the one after)
a. posterior
I had to take a later flight because the meeting was postponed.Tuve que tomar un vuelo posterior porque habían aplazado la reunión.
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after that(
ahf
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tuhr
 
thaht
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. después de eso
I had a car accident last year, and after that I haven't been able to drive again.Tuve un accidente de coche el año pasado, y después de eso no he podido volver a conducir.
b. después
We are going to the movies and after that out for ice cream.Vamos al cine y después a comprar helados.
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