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After the war, I went back to work on the farm.
Essays handed in after 12.00 on Friday will not be accepted.
She is leaving the school after 20 years as headteacher.
This message arrived after everyone had gone home.
It seems noisy at first, but after a while you get used to it.
Wash your hands after touching raw meat.
His birthday is two days after mine.
She got here just a few seconds after me (=after I got here).
Barlow was arrested 24 hours after arriving back in Britain.
Joe was born not long after we moved to London.
We got here at eleven and the others arrived soon after.
You shouldn't go swimming straight after a big meal.
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