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Two guys are on their way to the grocery store and one of them says "Can you drop me off at the gym [later/afterward]?"

Which choice is correct if the guy refers to after grocery shopping?

Thanks in advance!
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New2grammarWhich choice is correct if the guy refers to after grocery shopping?
afterward(s) is more specific to the idea that it's after the shopping activity, at least to my ear. later is more vague -- any time after you say it. later could be hours after the shopping is finished.
CJ
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Hi,
You can use either of them; they are interchangeable.
Thank CJ and HT. CJ, your explanation is great! I felt the same too.
These two are not really interchangeable. Afterwards indicates when the shopping is done, later can be any time during the rest of the day.
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