After vs. later


Could you tell me what the difference is between:

after (e.g. in ‘a few days after’) and
later (e.g. in ‘a few days later’)?

Thank you.


I would say that ‘a few days later’ can stand on its own but ’ a few days after’ is really an unfnished phrase because the question arises: After what?. You would say: A few days after the storm or if you want a complete phrase: A few days afterwards.