Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday November 17, 2009

después, adverb:
next, then

When talking about things that happened it’s often useful to signal the order of events. Después, in the meaning of next or then, can help you do that.

Primero entró en el restaurante. Después fue al salón de baile.
First he went into the restaurant. Then he went into the ballroom.

¿Qué hiciste después?
What did you do next or then?

Después doesn’t always refer to the past. At a show or concert you might ask:

¿Qué viene después?
What comes next?

You can also use después to refer to place as well as time:

Primero está el bar y después mi casa.
First there’s the bar and then next to it my house.


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