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Prepositions - After

  • After means later than or following.

    Pattern 1: be + after + noun
    The reception is after the wedding ceremony.

    Pattern 2: after + gerund form of verb + noun
    After finishing your homework, you can watch television.

    Pattern 3: after (conjunction) + subject noun + verb After you finish your homework, you can watch television.

    Pattern 4: verb + after (conjunction) + subject noun + verb The boss left after I came in.

  • After can mean lower in value or rank.
    That school's athletes placed after ours in the playoffs.

  • After can mean in pursuit of.

    Pattern: verb + after + noun
    The cat ran after the mouse.

    Verbs often used before after:
    be, come, go, run

  • After can mean because of.

    Pattern: adjective . . . + after + noun
    He was mad at her after her behavior at the party.

    Typical nouns used after after:
    attitude, behavior, failure, kindness, manners, outburst, reaction, success

  • After can mean in spite of.

    Pattern: after + verb in gerund form
    They never got married, after dating for years.
    After reading this article three times, I still don't understand it.

  • After can mean in the style of.

    Pattern: noun + after + noun
    The school play was a drama after Shakespeare.

  • After can indicate continuously.

    Pattern: time period + after + same time period
    The man waited night after night for his telephone to ring.
    Life got harder year after year.
    His mother told him time after time to clean up his room.

    Nouns often used with this meaning:
    day, hour, month, night, time, week, year
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