Following and Thereafter


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Following adjective – Being the one that comes immediately after another.
Thereafter and following are semantically related In some cases you can use "Thereafter" instead an adverb "Following".
Nearby Words: follow, follower, followed
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Thereafter adverb – Following in time or place.
Following and thereafter are semantically related in from that time forward topic. You can use "Following" instead an adverb "Thereafter".
Synonyms for Thereafter

Both words in one sentence

  • Film / The Drop Brick Joke: Eric steals Bob's umbrella even though it's a sunny day, saying, "You never know." In a following scene shortly thereafter, it's raining.
  • Actually, I Am Him The 2005 papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II was presided over by Joseph Ratzinger, then Dean of the College of Cardinals, and shortly thereafter was elected Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Mustache Vandalism It's hinted that Verence thereafter interprets the diagrams as requiring him to wear a false moustache while following the instructions.
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