Difference between later and later on
What is the diffference between later and later on? Please give some examples
No, 'afterwards' can't be used in place of later on. Afterwards implies after a specific event/time, whereas 'later' (and/or 'later on') is much more vague - there's no real time limit involved.
The difference between 'later' and 'later on' is very subtle - and Tolley's right, generally it doesn't matter. If really pushed on it, I would say that if you were to ask 'When are you coming?' my answer would depend on where I'm putting the emphasis on time and events.
"I'll come afterwards" would suggest that there is some event that we have been discussing that must have ended before I arrive.
"I'll come later" would suggest I'll turn up at some point, but not give any indication of when.
"I'll come later on" would suggest that I intend to come, but that something else is going to happen first. That could be anything, and might not even be a known thing at the time of speaking, just that I suspect something might happen between now and my coming. It's very subtle, and to be honest, I probably wouldn't worry about it. Most people consider 'later' and 'later on' to be too vague to hold you to any specific time. But it's a very thought provoking question!
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