Spanish word of the week: tras

tras PREPOSITION after

Tras is an alternative way of saying afterdespués de – and tends to be used in writing more than in speech, except in some set phrases:

Salimos corriendo tras ella. We ran out after her.

Tras unos días de vacaciones volvió a su trabajo. After a few days’ vacation she went back to work.

To emphasize something being done repeatedly, you put tras between two periods of time:

Viene ganando año tras año. Year after year he’s won.

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