Quick answer
"Later" is an adverb 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" and "afterward" below.
later(
ley
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duhr
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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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afterward(
ahf
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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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