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.

  • Gracias mucho!! SO you use luego for as later on but entonces for therefore, am I right???
    – Tia27
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 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. Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 5:56
  • SO you can use it also like so then??
    – Tia27
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 6:03
  • What does "luego de" mean?
    – David G
    Commented Dec 13, 2015 at 17:04
  • @0x499602D2 luego de hablar = después de hablar = after speaking. It's not used in all countries, though. Commented Dec 13, 2015 at 17:06

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