Usage of 'later'


I met him 2 hours later. VS. I met him after 2 hours.


Do you experts feel any difference in meaning between them? Thank you so much as usual for your time and help and have a good day.


And I have learned that 'later' cannot be used with present or future tenses, like 


I will meet him 2 days later and come to think of it, it is not possible to use it with present tenses. So do you agree that the word cannot be used with the both tenses?

edited Apr 01 '13 at 02:20 Hans Contributor

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I think there are some regional differences in the way the term is used and understood in the UK.  I'm from the South-East, and I often use the phrase `see you later', `I'll call you later' etc. to mean that I hope/intend to see or phone you at some unspecific time in the near future. That might be in two hours or two days.  Once, after saying `I'll ring you later', the other person said `so what time are you going to call then?' In other words, he understood it to mean `I'll call you later on today'. Now, which one of us was correct? I'm inclined to think that my understanding and intended use of the phrase in that conversation was quite accurate. There we are. Best, Matt

link comment answered Oct 27 '15 at 07:50 Matt New member

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