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Afterward vs Afterword


Afterward, I will read the book’s afterword. The afterword may spoil the plot. Spoil your readers with perfect writing with ErrNET!

Afterward is an adverb that means at a later or future time; subsequently.

Afterword, a noun, is an epilogue or final section that comes after the main part of a book, speech, play or other works.

These words, often confused and misused, are types of homonyms called heterographs, which are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings.

Afterward sentence examples:

Please get your work done first and we will celebrate afterward.

If you actually go through with this, there will be hell to pay afterward.

Work hard now and the money will come afterward.

Please write an outline for your novel first then you can fill in the dialogue afterward.

First wash the car then you can wax it afterward.

You are going to need to sand the bookshelf and you can paint it afterward.

Eat your vegetables and you can have desert afterward.

Afterword sentence examples:

The afterword to the book explained how the idea for the book came about.

The author chose three separate journalists to write the preface, foreword, and afterword for his new non-fiction book.

The author made it very clear in all marketing material, and even in the afterword of his book, that his novel was pure fiction and none of it was based on real life events.

The book closes with an afterword that provides insight in to some historical events that likely started the war.

There was no mention in the afterword that the author planned on writing a sequel to the book.

The corrections to the errors made in the book’s afterword were published on the author’s website.

Although the book did not include an afterword, there was a very useful reference section at the end.


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