07/04/16 “After all”
Today and in our coming e-Lessons, we’ll analyze some idioms frequently used in business (and in everyday life):
After all can mean “in spite of what was said before” or “contrary to what was expected”. It usually comes at the end of a clause.
I’m sorry. I can’t come after all.
I expected to fail the exam, but I passed after all.
Another meaning is “we mustn’t forget that…”, introducing an important argument or reason which may have been forgotten. In this sense you may use it at the beginning or the end of a clause.
I think we should let her go camping with her friends. After all, she’s a big girl now.
Of course you’re tired. After all, you were up all night.
Let’s finish the cake. Someone’s got to eat it, after all.
It is NOT used for “finally”.
After all DOES NOT mean “finally”, “at last”, “in the end”.
After the theater we had dinner and went for a walk in the park; then we finally went home. (NOT …after all we went home.)