As cited above what is the difference between later and latter?

Latter : occurring or situated nearer to the end of something than to the beginning, the meaning of latter is similar to later only. so please throw the real difference between both of the words.

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    Did you look this up in a dictionary? If you did, what remains confusing to you, so that we might be better able to help? Apr 16, 2014 at 6:28
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    @medica i have edited the question, or please edit my question. Apr 16, 2014 at 6:40
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    If you're still confused, please edit your question to ask about what it is that confuses you. Apr 16, 2014 at 7:11

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Latter is at the end. Being the second of two persons or things mentioned; near or nearer to the end. It has more to do with placement, so to speak. Location, real or figurative.

Between captain and major, the latter is the higher rank.
My favorite is the latter part of the book.

Later has more to do with time.

She arrived an hour later than expected. Better plant your tomatoes later in the Spring than sooner; tomatoes don't do well in the cold.

They are similar, but not interchangeable. You can't say "I'd prefer the later" if asked if you would prefer coffee or tea. You can't say, "Plant them latter in the season."

You can say, in the latter part of Spring, as with the latter chapters of a book.

You can say, I'd like some coffee, but later, please.

  • thanks for mentioning about time in later, that is what i expected. Apr 16, 2014 at 7:16
  • @medica +1 for examples of what you cannot say, these are helpful. Jul 17, 2014 at 12:44

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