Are these sentences exactly the same? Then I threw up. I threw up after.
Sep 30, 2012 7:05 PM
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Then I threw up. (next immediate step in a sequence of actions) I threw up after(ward). (occurred at a later time) If you're telling a story of what happened, using "then" IMPLIES the event occurred immediately after and "after" following the phrasal verb IMPLIES that the event didn't occur immediately but perhaps at a later time. However, the true meaning can only be determined from the full context and not the sentences in isolation.
September 30, 2012
it is about the lapse of time. 'then' implies immediately after (whatever you were talking about before) I threw up after is a bit more vague... the time lapse could have be quite long... a few hours for example...
September 30, 2012
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