At the End or in the End? – What’s the Difference?

Hi English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will discuss the difference between the phases at the end and in the end.

In the end

In the end means finally.

  • In the end, everything worked out well for Cybil.
  • Sophia was convinced that reason will prevail in the end.
  • In the end, it turned out that all the articles she collected throughout the years were useful material for the book.
  • In the end, we will regret all the opportunities we’ve missed.
  • The committee didn’t like the idea of moving the offices but in the end, they decided it was a good thing to do.

At the end

The phrase at the end refers to the time when something finishes.

  • Adrien hardly had any money left at the end of the month.
  • We are travelling abroad at the end of the week.
  • At the end of the party, everyone was tired and sleepy.

It also goes with any noun which refers to an event, a place, or even something abstract.

  • They put a sign at the end of the road.
  • At the end of the football match, the spectators left the stadium.
  • The main character dies at the end of the book.
  • They recycle some products at the end of their lives.
  • At the end of the class, the teacher asked the students to hand in their papers.
  • He decided to leave at the end of his patience.

The idiom “at the end of the day”

The expression doesn’t refer to the literal end of the day; it means everything considered when thinking of important facts of a situation.

  • I’ll consider your suggestion but at the end of the day, I’ll have to make a final decision.
  • At the end of the day, it all comes down to those single moments when we were happy.
At the end or in the end?
At the end or in the end?

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Gulzar Ahmad · 1 Feb 2023 at 11:31 am


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