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Old April 24, 2011, 11:09 AM
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¿Puedo traducir "Before long" como "Después de un rato"?
Creo que la pregunta es pertinente, pues he encontrado como definición de Before long = dentro de poco rato. Y no me tinca para este contexto.

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'After a while' (después de un rato) can be used in some instances, when the phrase has that meaning.
But this phrase also has the meaning of 'shortly', 'soon', 'in a (short) while', 'in a bit', etc.

dentro de poco (tiempo)
antes de mucho tiempo
en poco tiempo
pronto
al rato

In the other sense of 'after awhile', you can use:
luego
después
después de un rato
más tarde

In your example, the latter meaning certainly fits.
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En otras palabras " antes de que pasara mucho rato..."
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¿Puedo traducir "Before long" como "Después de un rato"?
Creo que la pregunta es pertinente, pues he encontrado como definición de Before long = dentro de poco rato. Y no me tinca para este contexto.

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"Al poco rato"

"después de un rato" is also correct. "Después de un rato/al poco rato empezaron a llegar otros animales".

Rusty's examples are very good

One question out of curiosity: Isn't Spanish your native language? That's what I thought ..

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En otras palabras " antes de que pasara mucho rato..."
En esta opción sí que me queda claro ese "long" que era mi preocupación. Porque no se trata de que yo sepa o no sepa el castellano, sino que quiero entender el modo de expresarse inglés.

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...this phrase also has the meaning of 'shortly', 'soon', 'in a (short) while', 'in a bit', etc.
Gracias Rusty, ciertamente el idioma inglés es bello por lo complicado: long significa largo pero con el 'before' parece que significa corto
Yo entiendo 'long before' como 'en seguida'

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