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Let's say a small amount of vinegar accidentally spattered on your girlfriend's clothes. And you say:

You should wash it now with soap, because it will smell.

Vs.

You should wash it now with soap, because it will smell later.

What is the difference between the two? Is the second sentence redundant?

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The reason you are having difficulty with these is that there is an implicit word in there. Try it this way.

You should wash it now with soap, because otherwise it will smell.

You should wash it now with soap, because otherwise it will smell later.

Really what you are trying to say is that it will smell if it is not washed. So the first version is preferable. You don't need to pair up now and later.

  • Hello thx for the help, but, can you tell me why do I have to omit the ''later''? – John Arvin Sep 17 '18 at 20:36
  • Because it will smell now and later if it is not washed. It won't just start smelling at some time in the future, it smells now. – puppetsock Sep 17 '18 at 23:18

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