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This or That?

‘see you later’ or ‘see you in…’?

With a time expression, we use later to mean after that time, and in to mean after now. But without a time expression, we can use later to mean after now.

Compare:

She was taken to the emergency room in the morning and given some basic treatment. She was released a few hours later. [time expression + after that time = later]

Mr Gui is not back from his vacation yet. Can you call back in a few days? [time expression + after now = in]

Could we talk later? [no time expression = later to mean after now]

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