One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Following a particular occurrence (typically with the implication of being too late)‘it is much better to stop the crime rather than having police chasing felons after the event’‘I knew nothing about it until after the event’as modifier ‘an after-the-event internal investigation’
- ‘When I have time, I proofread and spellcheck but sometimes I have to do it after the event, when the thing has already been posted.’
- ‘It is much better to stop the crime happening, rather than having police chasing felons after the event, don't you think?’
- ‘One ought not to attach historic truth to a term that was created after the event.’
- ‘I knew nothing about it until after the event.’
- ‘It has only been strongly voiced after the event, when it was deemed politically acceptable.’
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