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After a specific time with "yihou"

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Just as 以前 (yǐqián) can be used to describe the events before a specific time, 以后 (yǐhòu) can be used to describe the events after a specific time.

Structure

This grammar structure is similar to the English "after such-and-such, something happens." It's quite simple, all you have to do is put the "after" after the time words or time phrase.

Time / Verb + 以后, ....

The time can be a time or date, or an action or event. It may or may not be in the future.

Examples

  • 下午 三点 以后, 我 不 在 家。 Xiàwǔ sāndiǎn yǐhòu, wǒ bù zài jiā.After three p.m., I will not be at home.
  • 来 中国 以后, 她 认识 了 她 的 老公。 Lái Zhōngguó yǐhòu, tā rènshi le tā de lǎogōng.After coming to China, she met her husband.
  • 一个月 以后 开始 上班。yī gè yuè yǐhòu kāishǐ shàngbān.After one month, she will start working.
  • 吃 完 午饭 以后 , 我们 要 开会。Chī wán wǔfàn yǐhòu, wǒmen yào kāihuì.We are going to have a meeting after we finish lunch.
  • 几年 以后 ,我们 公司 会 更 大。Jǐ nián yǐhòu, wǒmen gōngsī huì gèng dà.In a few years, our company will be even bigger.
  • 老板 半个小时 以后 回来。Lǎobǎn bàn gè xiǎoshí yǐhòu huílái.After half an hour, the boss will return.
  • 下班 以后你 想 跟 我们 一起 去 打球 吗? Xiàbān yǐhòu, nǐ xiǎng gēn wǒmen yīqǐ qù dǎqiú ma? After we get off work, would you like to go play ball with us?
  • 老板 以后 ,大家 都 不 说话 了。 Lǎobǎn lái le yǐhòu, dàjiā dōu bù shuōhuà le.After the boss came, everyone stopped talking.
  • 到家 以后 给 我 打电话。dào jiā yǐhòu gěi wǒ dǎ diànhuà.After you get home, call me.
  • 结婚 以后 爸爸 不 喝酒 了。 Jiéhūn yǐhòu bàba bù hējiǔ le.After he got married, dad stopped drinking.

Note that this use of 以后 (yǐhòu) is often shortened to 后 (hòu).

See also

Sources and further reading


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