Kindly consider this sentence

I hired a taxi from the airport within minutes after arrival to reach home as soon as possible.

I just want to know whether I should use within minutes after arrival or within minutes of arrival


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It doesn't really matter. Of can mean either after or before in this context. Most people will assume after. If you want to make it clear that you hired a taxi before you arrived, you will need to be explicit:

I hired a taxi from the airport before I arrived in order to reach home as soon as possible.

As another user pointed out, within minutes of is colloquial, but within minutes after isn't. It would be better to just use minutes after, instead.

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