I am planning to work at a firm X and after 5 years down the line I would like to work at Y.

Is after 5 years down the line grammatically correct or it should be just "after 5 years" or "5 years down the line" instead?

  • "5 years down the line" will do it! Don. Oh, and you can drop the "a" before "firm X", too. – rhetorician Jan 8 '16 at 17:48
  • Down what line? – Drew Jan 8 '16 at 22:03

You don't need the "after" in combination with "down the line" as it's redundant.
Either of the two alternatives you proposed are OK.
As rhetorician noted, you also don't need the a before "firm X" if X is a specific firm.


"I am planning to work at X for five years, then I hope to move on to Y" would be one acceptable way to phrase your statement. "After five years down the line" is grammatically OK but not particularly idiomatic to a native English speaker.

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