English Express | Common Mistakes with After

Introduction

Learn to avoid common mistakes using the word after in a new English Express episode—a podcast from English Plus Podcast Network.


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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about common mistakes we make using the word after you can find the transcript on my website English plus podcast calm and better yet, if you are a patron, you will get exclusive Episodes Series and resources to take your English and learning to the next level. You can find the links in description of the episode. And now without further ado, let’s talk about common mistakes we make using the word after.

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So after it’s a very simple word, right, how can we ever make mistakes in this word? Well, trust me people make a lot of mistakes using the word after, which seems to be a very easy word, but it can lead to some common mistakes. Let me give you an example. After three weeks, I’m going back to France. What’s wrong with that? Nothing’s wrong. Let me give you another one that you might feel that there’s nothing wrong with the center’s the new offices will be available for occupation after two months time. What’s wrong with that? I’m just talking about after three weeks, I’m going back to France. That’s right. Don’t you think the new offices will be available for occupation after two months time? What’s wrong with that? Well, actually, it is wrong. We cannot use after here when we mean at the end of a period of time, which starts now we use in not after we say for example, can you come back in about 30 minutes, not after 30 minutes, or after about 30 minutes? It might sound counterintuitive. Why shouldn’t we use after well, we simply don’t we use in but remember the meaning is after the end of a period of time, which starts now. So coming back to these common mistakes to those two sentences I started with we shouldn’t use after we should use in instead instead of saying after three weeks, I’m going back to France, we should say in three weeks. I’m going back to France. And instead of saying the new offices will be available for occupation after two months time, we should say the new offices will be available for occupation in two months time. Let me give you another example. And another common mistake he came to see me after and apologized or five minutes after the lights came on again. Well, for these two examples, you might feel that there’s something wrong because they kind of sound strange, right? And you’re right. It’s a common mistake we don’t normally use after as an adverb. And you see here we use them as an adverb we don’t normally do that we usually use after words or later. So instead of saying he came to see me after and apologize, we should say he came to see me afterwards and apologized. And instead of saying five minutes after the lights came on again, we usually say five minutes later, the lights came on again, not five minutes after five minutes later. Now let me give you another example. Anyone after 60 should be made to retire. Now here anyone after 60 We’re talking about age, right? So isn’t it right to say after 50 before 50? Not at all when we mentioned someone’s age we normally use over not after you say anyone over 60 should be made to retire. I can say for example all my friends are over 18 Not are after 18 Alright, what do you think? Did you learn anything you didn’t know about? Do use to make common mistakes like that before? Because trust me after you listen to this episode, you’re not going to make those common mistakes anymore. And that was everything I wanted to share with you in this English Express episode. Don’t forget to visit my website English plus podcast.com and check on the great learning opportunities you can find there there is the activity center with daily fun activities, quizzes and logic and math puzzles. And if you decide to become a patron on Patreon, there’s a lot more available only to patrons like exclusive audio series English plus magazine among many other benefits you get when you become a patron. All the links you need are in the description of the episode. What are you waiting for? Take your English and learning to the next level and never stop learning with English plus podcast.com. Thank you very much for listening to this episode. This is your host Danny I will see you next time.


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