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Can "hernach" be replaced by "danach"? My book states that it means afterwards.

Ich ging zu Jana und hernach zu Klaus.

Ich frühstückte und danach putzte mir die Zähne.

My question is : Is hernach used often in Germany or is it used in formal writing or in informal writing ? Or is it both?

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"hernach" is an expression which is only used in some parts of Germany. It's a quite uncommon expression. Instead you should use a more common expression like "danach", "hinterher" oder "anschließend" which all mean "afterwards".

Your 2nd sentence is missing a word. The correct sentence is:

"Ich frühstückte und danach putzte ich mir die Zähne."

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Alternativ kann der zweite Satz auch umgestellt werden: "Ich frühstückte und putzte mir danach die Zähne." – elena Jan 7 '14 at 10:39

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