later vs latter : Common Errors in English

About later vs latter

Except in the expression “latter-day” (modern), the word “latter”usually refers back to the last-mentioned of a set of alternatives. “Wegave the kids a choice of a vacation in Paris, Rome, or Disney World. Ofcourse the latter was their choice.” In other contexts not referringback to such a list, the word you want is “later.”Conservatives prefer to reserve “latter” for the last-named of no more than two items.

later Meaning(s)

  • (a) at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
  • (r) happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
  • (r) at some eventual time in the future
  • (r) comparative of the adverb `late'
  • (s) coming at a subsequent time or stage

latter Meaning(s)

  • (n) the second of two or the second mentioned of two
  • (a) referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several)

later in News

  1. Dry Start at U.S. Open, Storms Expected Later

    U.S. Open organizers were preparing for severe thunderstorms and high winds later in the day as the opening round of the year's second major began under overcast skies at Merion on Thursday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New York Times

  2. Golf-Dry start at U.S. Open, storms expected later

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARDMORE, Pennsylvania, June 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Open organisers were preparing for severe thunderstorms and high winds later in the day as the opening round of the year's second major began under overcast skies at Merion on Thursday. Little-known American Cliff Kresge struck the first shot on the par-four opening hole and 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson launched ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Murder suspect found 26 years later

    Joselyn Martinez was 9 when her father was killed outside his restaurant in 1986. Nearly three decades later, she may see justice. She can thank herself.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNN

latter in News

  1. Sea Of Red

    In the brief but tempestuous fight between Abe and the "deflation monster", the latter is now victoriously romping through an irradiated Tokyo, if last night's epic (ongoing) collapse in the Nikkei is any indication: down 6.4%, crushing anyone who listened to Goldman's "buy Nikkei" recommendation which has now been stopped out at a major loss in three days, and now well in bear-market territory ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Zero Hedge

  2. MMAFighting: Davis on crash course for Rousey

    There are two ways to get attention: scream and yell for it, or earn it by being exceptional. Given her choice, Alexis Davis will always opt for the latter. That's just part of who she is. Small-town living will do that to you.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

  3. The Science of Social Games

    There are only two things that humans do on Earth: We work and we play. The latter is what we learn first -- as children, we go outside, learn sports, and even pretend. In fact, humans are quite good at playing games and it?s been a central part of our evolutionary development. Science says so.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Forbes

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