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afterwards

adverb
     
af‧ter‧wards S2 W3 also afterward
after an event or time that has already been mentioned:
Charles arrived shortly afterwards.
Afterwards, I was asked to write a book.
see usage note after1WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

after, in, afterwards
after is usually used as a preposition (followed by a noun) I'll do it after lunch. Please call after 9.30.after followed by a time period is more often used to talk about past events After a few minutes he stopped.in followed by a time period is more often used to talk about future events He'll be here in a few minutes.after can be used as an adverb, but only following another time adverb such as soon, not long, or shortly Tim came in at midnight, and Lucy not long after.afterwards can be used instead, and can also be used as an adverb on its own His parents came shortly afterwards. You can meet the actors afterwards (NOT after).See also after

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