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‘After’ as a preposition

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘After’ as a preposition.


The first railway passenger carriage was built after our engineer’s design.

From ‘The Lives of the Engineers’, by Samuel Smiles.
Speaking of George Stephenson’s carriage for the Stockton and Darlington Railway.


Elizabeth continued her walk alone, crossing field after field at a quick pace.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


After a long and weary journey we alighted at a small station some miles from Chatham.

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


“Sir Thomas is to achieve many mighty things when he comes home,” said Mary, after a pause.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


This important viaduct, built after the design of Robert Stephenson, consists of a series of 28 semicircular arches.

From ‘The Lives of the Engineers’, by Samuel Smiles.
Speaking of the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick.


“Well, this Miss Louisa we all thought, you know, was to marry Frederick. He was courting her week after week.”

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.


The dessert was not carried out till after nine and at ten footmen were still running to and fro with trays and coffee-cups.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

Picture: These six steam locomotives were special guests of the Threkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, near Keswick in Cumbria, for its steam gala in 2015. © Chris Allen, Geograph. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0. By Peter Trimming, Geograph. Licence: CC-BY-SA 2.0.
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She pored over the little note a score of times, and wept over it.

From ‘The Prime Minister’, by Anthony Trollope.

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