What is the difference between d’après and après, as in “le jour d’après demain”?

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    Après: after. D'après: according to. Now, if you happen to have a de before après, as in your question or @pirela's answer, you might mistake the two. Otherwise I don't think there's overlap. So the question is when you can say "le jour de" + après, avant, etc. rather than about d'après itself, I think.
    – Luke Sawczak
    Dec 25, 2017 at 14:26

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You can say 'après-demain' which is a day,
not 'le jour après-demain' which are two days,
but 'le jour d'après demain' is one day, the very one that belongs to après-demain.

  • Thanks! So would you say that “d’après” is the universal “after”? Would you say “moi d’après l’amour” or “leçon d’après le Français”? When do you use “après” then? Dec 25, 2017 at 9:58
  • No. "D'après" alone means 'relative to'. In "le jour d'après demain", après is tied to demain. When you say 'd' après moi... ' you say' in my opinion'
    – pirela
    Dec 25, 2017 at 19:54
  • Oh, I see! So, if I use, “après demain” without a hyphen, as in “after tomorrow”, can I say “le jour après demain”? I see why “le jour d’après-demain” is correct though. Dec 25, 2017 at 19:57
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    Le jour après demain is a day called après-demain ! Le jour d'après demain ( or après-demain) i 'll go back to my office :(
    – pirela
    Dec 26, 2017 at 20:57
  • Demain=tomorrow, après demain=the day after tomorrow. le jour d'après demain is not used.
    – Lambie
    Dec 27, 2017 at 2:20

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