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Takes three types of objects: a noun / noun phrase, a participial clause, a sentence.

  • I went home after that.
  • I met him just after that interminable meeting about the cost of the special new widget-counting machine.
  • Mary got here after Cybèle.
  • I saw her after having desert.
  • After spending so much money, I had to work a lot of hours.
  • I saw her after the waiter dropped her food.
  • After you put your mask on, you become anonymous.

or it can take a null-object, but in that case the variant afterwards is used

  • -- Didn't you see the mistake before you sent the email?!
  • -- No, only afterwards. :(