Later and Latter

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Later and Latter :

Except in the expression “latter-day” (modern), the word “latter” usually refers back to the last-mentioned of a set of alternatives.

“We gave the kids a choice of a vacation in Paris, Rome, or Disney World.

Of course the latter was their choice.”

In other contexts not referring back to such a list, the word you want is “later.”

Conservatives prefer to reserve “latter” for the last-named of no more than two items.

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