I use to use "post lunch" to inform a person about fixing up the meeting time if it is in the afternoon office time. apart from that I have never used it in any of other conversation.

recently, In British council website I read the following sentence " You will also have a chance to interact with our expert teacher who will help you identify your English learning requirements, post this you can enrol for a course that suits your requirement."

In the above sentence post is used. If the same information, if I would have written, I would have used "After". since the above sentence is from British council, definitely they are right.

My question now is, Can I interchangeably use after and post? or is Post and after has got a different meaning and should be used appropriately? if so, How can I trigger myself choosing the right word?

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After and post are often interchangeable. The latter tends to have a more formal tone. So I would tend to say "a post lunch meeting" but "an after lunch nap". Post can also more strongly imply an era -- "post World War II Germany" sounds much better than "after World War II Germany" or even the more grammatical "Germany after World War II".

In your example of "... identify your English learning requirements, post this ...", I agree with your gut feeling. After flows better than post, which to my ears sounds stuffy and overly formal.

As far as a general rule, after is more common. If you feel that you are identifying an era, choose post. Also, post would sometimes work better if you are striving for formality. (As your example shows, the formality can go too far.)

I am American, so this answer may not fit well in the UK or Commonwealth nations.


Well, just being the British council doesn't make them right. There is a campaign to convince officials to use clear English http://www.plainenglish.co.uk. This site exists because sometimes officials use hard to understand overly formal language.

As a UK resident and native English speaker, I can confirm that the natural British English for this would either be "after this" or possibly "following this". I don't think I've ever heard the word post used in this context.

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    Hi Andrew, Welcome to ELL! It's usually quite helpful to the OP to explain the reasoning behind the word you've chosen, as well as providing a source.
    – Gamora
    Jul 11, 2019 at 16:20

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