I made the following sentence:

This picture shows my face just after I waken up.

I would like to know whether the conjunction phrase "just after I waken up" can modify the noun "my face". My dictionaries say that a conjunction "when" can modify a noun, but say nothing regarding "after".

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    Waken up can't be used in any context I can think of. In every sentence I can envision, it would be a different verb form or phrase. (In the sentence in the question, it should be after I woke up, after I wake up, or after I awaken.) May 16, 2019 at 22:19
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    It it were me, I'd use "This picture shows my face just after waking up". I don't understand what the question is though.
    – Karen927
    May 16, 2019 at 22:33

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Yes, "after" can be used as a conjunction to introduce a clause. It can have either adverbal or adjectival function.

I'm going to the party after I get dressed (adverbially, telling when I'm going to the party)

Or adjectivally as in "my face after I wake up".

Note that we use simple present in the clause, not "waken"

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