This weekend I was reminded how often later and latter are misused. So, this week’s tip is to help you know when each is appropriate.

Use later when referencing time. Later means after, or after some time.

Example: We will read about it later.

Use latter when referring to the second of two persons or things mentioned previously (or the last one or ones of several).

Example: Jane and Cindy are both authors but I’ve only read books by the latter.


later vs. latter