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> > Another time I would this construction would be when the second clause was > contrary to expectations. For example “it was a very dirty game of football > with 11 yellow cards given and two guys sent off, but after they all went > to the pub together and got along fine. I would *definitely *say "afterwards." "After" sounds totally wrong, unless you were to say "After the game;" but just "after" with no noun is wrong-sounding. On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 10:59 AM, Gage Amonette <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > I went to the >> chemist ... after ... I went to the post office" > > > I am also from the Pacific Northwest ;), and this sounds fine (maybe it's > that I live in Eastern Washington). That is, I wouldn't consciously detect > anything wrong with it, although I would probably be more inclined to say: > > "After I went to the post office, I went to the chemist's." > > > On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 9:27 AM, Ph. D. <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > >> "John came. Afterwards Mary came." Okay. >> "John came. After that Mary came." Okay. >> >> "John came. After, Mary came." This is the one which is strange. With the >> proper pauses and intonation, I would understand this, but I don't think a >> speaker of American English would say this. >> >> In your earlier example, I might say, "Let's do the next task. >> Afterwards, you can have a smoke." >> >> --Ph. D. in the Midwest (Michigan) >> >> >> On Sat, 8 Jul 2017 00:04:29 +0800, stewart fraser wrote: >> >> A few of you North Americans are saying you find … >> >> “John came. Afterwards Mary came” >> or “John came. After that Mary came” >> or “John came. After, Mary came” >> >> … a bit strange. OK, if I was just giving a sequence of events I would >> say “John came and then Mary came”. However if I had said “John came” and >> had finished talking. Then I realized a further event happened that my >> listener would also be interested in, I would continue “Afterwards Mary >> came” >> >> Another time I would this construction would be when the second clause >> was contrary to expectations. For example “it was a very dirty game of >> football with 11 yellow cards given and two guys sent off, but after they >> all went to the pub together and got along fine. >> >> How do you guys feel about this usage ? >> >> … Stewart >> >> >> > On Jul 7, 2017, at 11:26 PM, Gary Shannon wrote: >> > >> > On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 8:23 AM, stewart fraser wrote: >> > >> >>> That’s interesting Gary. Let me ask you another question. >> >>> >> >>> Let me build up the scene first … you are a painter and decorator >> >> working with your helper at some sight. Now you both know that the next >> >> task will take around 15 minutes and it is a two man job. Your helper >> says >> >> he is gasping for a cigarette. To put him off for a bit … >> >>> could you say “after” ? >> >>> could you say “afterwards” ? >> >> >> >> >> >> >> > I wouldn't use either word in isolation. I think I'd say "can you do >> that >> > later?", or "Wait till after we're done." >> > >> > --gary >> > >> > >> > >