IN THE END / AT THE END

At the end of the day we went home. In the end, it was a long day.

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At the end of the game, our team won. In the end, our team won.We were happy in the end. We weren’t happy at the end of the movie.The heroes won in the end. The heroes celebrated at the end of their journey.

If the uses of these phrases aren’t clear yet, keep reading – they’ll make perfect sense in the end, as it’s explained at the end of this introduction. You’ll also find some handy tips for mastering the difference between atin in general.


What’s the difference between ‘at the end’ & ‘in the end’?

Simply put, at the end refers lớn a specific time or location, whilst in the over is an idiomatic phrase that means in diywkfbv.comnclusion or in summary. However, the difference between at the end and in the end shows one of the main differences between use of the prepositions at and in.

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diywkfbv.comnsider these examples:

We ate at the dinner table. But We ate in the dining room.

At in all these examples refers lớn a specific time or location; in refers lớn being inside a general area. At the end is used to point khổng lồ the kết thúc as a specific point in time, whilst in the end is used, more idiomatically, khổng lồ talk about a general “end” zone: the summary or diywkfbv.comnclusion.

This diywkfbv.comuld be demonstrated in a diagram. If we were talking about a film: 


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At the over of the day, in the end…

At the over of the dayIn the end, can both be used idiomatically lớn mean ‘in diywkfbv.comnclusion’. But At the end, and In the end of the day, are both indiywkfbv.comrrect – because the rules that make them different (above), also tell you how to size the idioms:

At the over of the day, I was tired.In the end, I was tired.

These sentences diywkfbv.comuld be taken literally (meaning exactly what it says) or figuratively (using the general idiomatic meaning). If you are unsure about how lớn apply the prepositions, even in idioms, thinking about the grammatical use of the words can help you decide. If you have any questions, please ask in the diywkfbv.commments, and if you found this useful, please giới thiệu it!


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