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dupond July 14, 2018 08:04 AM

Después and a continuación
 
Hi everyone

Do these sentences mean the same thing?

No sé que hacer después.

No sé que hacer a continuación.


If so, can "después" and "a continuación" be used interchangeably?


Thanks

wrholt July 15, 2018 12:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dupond (Post 174454)
Hi everyone

Do these sentences mean the same thing?

No sé que hacer después.

No sé que hacer a continuación.

Depending on context, maybe.

Quote:

Originally Posted by dupond (Post 174454)
If so, can "después" and "a continuación" be used interchangeably?


Thanks

Depending on context, maybe. But not always.

The best single-expression translation equivalent of después in English is "after(ward)", while for a continuación it is "then". The meanings overlap to an extent, but they are not complete synonyms.

dupond July 15, 2018 07:38 PM

I wanted to say "I don't know what to do next."

Are después and a continuación the right words for that?

Rusty July 15, 2018 07:48 PM

In this case, I would use 'a continuación', for 'next'.

poli July 15, 2018 10:53 PM

I would use próximamente. Would that fit the meaning as well?

AngelicaDeAlquezar July 16, 2018 10:07 AM

@Poli: The way I see it, it would change the listener's perception because, in this context, "a continuación" and "después" assume we know the previous situation, but "próximamente" is mostly used for creating expectation about something we will do or will happen in the near future. :thinking:
While "no sé qué hacer después/a continuación" would give me the idea that there is a situation to be solved, "no sé qué hacer próximamente" doesn't need to fix anything, it would just talk about making future plans.

- (I lost my job) No sé qué hacer después.
- (I'd like to open a new business) No sé qué hacer próximamente.

dupond July 16, 2018 08:13 PM

Cheers. Thanks


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