My problem is that I can’t figure out when to use あと and when to use あとで… It’s totally unclear to me. I’ve looked online and found explanations of the difference between あとに and あとで, and others that explain how to use あとで, but none that explained why あと is sometimes used alone, like in the sentences below
I see those sentences in Bunpro and they both use 後で. Where did you see them with only 後?
As to the larger question, the で I believe is just a conjunction. Since it’s marking something you’ll do later/after something else (even if the action A is being omitted). To quote a comment on the Maggie Sensei article on 後:
後で／後 focusing on the order/what you are going to do after ~
After finishing (A), you do (B)
後に focusing on the time, the particular time after ~
Ah yes I see. I saw that explanation on Maggie Sensei but was wondering if there was another. Those sentences in Bunpro accept both 後 and 後で as correct while others don’t, so I was wondering whether there was an explanation to this… Thanks for your lengthy answer, I’ll go look at the Maggie Sensei article in detail!