ENGLISHPairs of Words

Former, Latter & Later

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1. Former/Latter (as adjectives)

We use FORMER or LATTER for two persons/things, not more than two. For the first person/thing we use FORMER and for the second we use LATTER (not LATER). We must use the article THE with both, means say THE FORMER/THE LATTER; e.g.

a) The latter half of the play was more interesting.
b) Rohan and Rohit are friends, but the former is more intelligent than the latter.
c) Of these two dresses, I prefer the former.
d) The former was rejected in favour of the latter.

2. Latter & Later

LATTER is used to tell ORDER and LATER is used for TIME; e.g.

INCORRECT: Reena came latter than Richi.
CORRECT: Reena came later than Richi.

INCORRECT: The later half of the play was more interesting.
CORRECT: The latter half of the play was more interesting.

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