Later / Latter
Use later when referring to time. Use latter when referring to the second of two persons or things mentioned previously. For example:
- Brenda said that she would call me later.
- “There are two kinds of worries: those you can do something about and those you can’t. Don’t spend any time on the latter.” (Duke Ellington)
Examples for later / latter
- Jeremy got to later than Mary did.
- Of the two options offered, I prefer the latter.
- Let’s have coffee later in the week.
- We have a dog and a cat. Of the two, the latter makes less noise.
- Carrie plans to shop for a dress later this afternoon.
- She had the option of silk or lace trim. She chose the latter.
- During daylight savings time, it gets dark later at night.
- Of the first two Hobbit movies, I prefer the latter.
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Later / latter exercises
Decide whether you have to use later or latter:
- My neighbours have a son and a daughter : the former is a teacher, the _______ is a nurse.
- I will address that at a _______ time.
- Of the first two Harry Potter books, I prefer the _______.
- John arrived at the party _______ than Mary did.
- I prefer the _______ offer to the former one.
- I will be back _______.
- I was given the choice between a hamburger or a hotdog, I chose the _______ of the two; the hotdog.
- When it comes to soy burgers or a juicy cow burger, I prefer the _______.