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I've seen both post and poste used in various places. Normally the -e ending signifies an adverb, but post is already an adverb on its own (as I understand it).

Is it an error to use poste, or does it have some different meaning?

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Post on its own is a preposition, not an adverb, meaning that it describes a relationship between two entities (usually nouns or phrases). Poste is an adverb that modifies a verb. Examples:

  1. La hundo iras post mi -> "The dog is going after/behind me". Post describes the relationship between me and the dog
  2. La hundo iris post kiam mi iris -> "The dog went after I went". Post describes the relationship between the time the dog went and the time I went.
  3. Mi ne volas iri nun. Mi iros poste. -> "I don't want to go now. I will go later". Poste modifies iri.
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    Kutime oni diras "post kiam mi iris". – kristan Sep 27 '16 at 7:07
  • @kristan Thank you, I was thinking of "antaŭ". I have edited that example. – Chives Sep 27 '16 at 14:50
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Post is a preposition, meaning "after". It can function as an adverb together with other words, for example:
Mi dormos post horo.

Poste on the other hand, is an adverb on its own, meaning "later".
Mi dormos poste.

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