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What is the difference between 'Luego' and 'entonces'?

I know they both mean "then". Do they mean other things as well?

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Luego is generally quite specific to time and in isolation might be most accurately translated as later on. In some countries, it can also substitute for después: luego de hacer algo

Entonces has a bit more of a connotation of and therefore or so (then) when used with that same future-oriented sense. It cannot have the meaning after [something] as in the luego de [algo] construction. It also can have a past-oriented meaning —that luego lacks— meaning back then.

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  • Gracias mucho!! SO you use luego for as later on but entonces for therefore, am I right???
    – Tia27
    Mar 3 '15 at 5:49
  • You can still use entonces for later/afterward. It's going to be preferable if the action takes places afterwards and as a result/response to the previous one. Think of it like in English so then. Actually, in general entonces can also be used for so, so (haha) I'll update my answer. Mar 3 '15 at 5:56
  • SO you can use it also like so then??
    – Tia27
    Mar 3 '15 at 6:03
  • What does "luego de" mean?
    – 0x499602D2
    Dec 13 '15 at 17:04
  • @0x499602D2 luego de hablar = después de hablar = after speaking. It's not used in all countries, though. Dec 13 '15 at 17:06

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