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G.Determinism

Senior Member
Persian
Greetings,

I'm writing an email and I want to say that I'm going to explain something later on. Is it correct to say?

"... and I will explain why this is important in the below/in the following."



Thanks a lot
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    If your explanation is below, then "... and I will explain why this is important below." would work. Or, as you say in your intro, 'I will explain why this is important later on'.

    But not ' . . . in the below', or ' . . . in the following.'
     

    G.Determinism

    Senior Member
    Persian
    Thanks a lot, heypresto.

    But we use "the following" in a sentence like this: "Do you think the following is correct?" Don't we?

    As to "later on", When I hear it I think it refers to some later time, for example, tomorrow not in the same email, is my assumption incorrect?


    Thanks,
     

    heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    But we use "the following" in a sentence like this: "Do you think the following is correct?" Don't we?
    Yes. We can say that.

    As to "later on", When I hear it I think it refers to some later time, for example, tomorrow not in the same email, is my assumption incorrect?
    You're right, we do use 'later on' when referring to some later time, but I think it's also OK to use it here, as when the reader gets to your explanation, it will be at some later time.
     
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