[JLPT grammar] If you want to say “later”, あとに, or あとで?

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT N4 course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

I’m busy right now, so let’s talk later.


Since あとに is much more specific than あとで, we cannot use the first statement correctly here.

I will talk to you after work.

I’ll tell you later.

If you want to say “later”, you should use あとで as a conjunction.

I’m full, so I’ll have this cake later.

A: Do your homework!
B: Later!


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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