Is there any difference using the expression "Later on" vs "More later"? for example:

I will work later on


I will work more later

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They can't be compared since the locution more later, strictly speaking, is not grammatical. The adverb more is used to form comparative forms of adjectives and adverbs that are more than one syllable long. Comparative forms of adjectives and adverbs that are made up of only one syllable are formed differently. We use the er ending to show that an adjective or an adverb is in its comparative form. The adverb later is already in its comparative form as indicated by the er at the of it. So, more later, grammatically speaking, makes no sense. You should only use later:

I will work on it later.

Later on that day, I went to the store and bought me a can of sardines.

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    Agreed, though you'd be understood by a native, using the OP's 2nd version, if the context was along the lines of "I only did a small amount of work now, I will do more later" where 'more' refers to the quantity of work rather than the quantity of lateness. Jun 3, 2018 at 6:37
  • That's a good point. But the context in your example is, of course, completely different from the one used in the OP's example. Jun 3, 2018 at 6:38
  • Indeed. I was just pointing out that with the right context it is technically possible & may have been cause for the OP's confusion, having seen it used in that way by a native. The 2 examples are not analogous to one another, of course. Jun 3, 2018 at 6:40

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