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    Senior Member AKQJ10Please's Avatar
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    So if そのあと means "after," would このあと mean "before?" In any case, what does あと (後) mean? Never actually learned this.

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    The kanji 後 means "back, behind, later, etc." and it's pronounced あと in most cases. 後ろ(うしろ) means "behind" for example.

    そのあと means "after that" or "afterwards", so このあと would mean "after this". If you use the kanji 後 with その, ie. その後, its pronounced そのご and means "since" or "thereafter".

    後で(あとで) also means "after (something)" or "afterwards".

    All of these words are pretty much interchangable, they just have slight nuances to them.

    To say "before", you use the kanji 前(まえ), so その前 would mean "before that".

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    where your その and この usages have the after and before nuances is in その内 and この内 (pronounced その・このうち). the former means "someday/afterwards/later" whereas the latter means "before/previously/recently".

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