When to use "After all" ? In what context? Could someone provide examples on this? In some contexts, i have seen it using as a 2 different words "after" and "all". I am really not clear on how to use this in our daily life.

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I can think of a few ways to use this phrase.

Firstly to begin a sentence, usually to express disappointment in an outcome after putting effort in to achieve a more agreeable result, e.g. "After all that, [and] I still didn't get a raise!".

Alternatively, at the end of a sentence, usually with a similar meaning but can also be used in a positive way, e.g. "And so, Billy got his ice cream after all!"

Sometimes you might find it in the middle of a sentence, e.g. "Because, after all, everything gets recycled eventually.", again with a similar meaning but not restricted to a specific set of events which have occurred, instead reflecting a more general tone.

Either way, to me it seems to signify a somewhat unexpected outcome has occurred after some, perhaps long-running, work or activity has taken place.

  • I'd also like to add that it could also be used in phrases like "After All is said and done", essentially meaning 'once a given set of events has completed, the following statement will likely be true...<statement>'. – Tom Tregenna Apr 28 '16 at 13:59

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