after the time

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after the time

Post by azz » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:31 am

a. I used to have a good relationship with him, but after, when I realized he was not a reliable person, I broke all ties with him.
b. I used to have a good relationship with him, but after I realized he was not a reliable person, I broke all ties with him.
c. I used to have a good relationship with him, but after when I realized he was not a reliable person, I broke all ties with him.


Do (a) and (c) work?

I don't know if 'after' works in (a). I think it does, but 'afterwards' and 'later' would be more natural.

I don't know if (c) works at all. 'After when' sounds strange, but it could be interpreted as 'after the time when I realized...'


Many thanks.
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Re: after the time

Post by trolley » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:24 am

I think that "after" works in (a). It seems like an acceptable substitute for "later'. Example (b) sounds fine. That's probably how I'd expect most people to exress that idea. I think (c) is a swing and a miss.
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