AT THE END / IN THE END
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- Published: Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:19
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What is the difference between "at the end" and "In the end"?
- At the end / In the end
At the end refers to the point where something finishes. It is used when talking about the last part of a story, book, film, game etc and it is usually followed by the preposition of:
At the end, the hero dies.
At the end of the course, there is a test.
- At the end is used when talking about the last part of a period of time.
Marco Polo travelled through Asia at the end of the 13th century.
In the end means ‘after a long period of time’ or ‘eventually’. It is never followed by of.
They fought the case for years, but in the end, they lost.
I am sure I will win in the end.