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What's the difference between "at the end" and "in the end"?

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What's the difference between "at the end" and "in the end"?

I think of "at the end" as being more specific. For instance:

They are standing at the end of the line.

We'll go home at the end of the day.

There was a period at the end of the sentence.

"In the end" seems more general. For instance:

It will all even out in the end.

We all die in the end.

Other people may have some different ideas about this.
crom--
It would be useful for you to provide a context showing how you are concerned about usage. In other words, do you have examples of these used in sentences?

Cheers--
Lazarus
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Crom
What's the difference between "at the end" and "in the end"?

[:-S]

Thanks a lot

In addition to others' comments, my thoughts:

"in the end" means "finally" or "after a long time"; it implies an event or something that happens after a long time.

(E-x) "In the end, we realized our mistake" which is same as "Finally, we realized our mistake."

"We realized our mistake in the end" which is same as "We realized our mistake finally".

"at the end" refers to a point where something stops , or refers to a position of something.

(E-x) I found a wallet at the end of the Main street.

I will pay you $100 at the end of this week.

Besides, the preposition "of" can follow "at the end", but it can't follow "in the end".
In the end suggests that something happens after changes or uncertainty.

At the end simply refers to the position of something. There is no sense of waiting or delay.
Teo
In the end suggests that something happens after changes or uncertainty.

At the end simply refers to the position of something. There is no sense of waiting or delay.

Hi Teo,

I guess you have just copied and pasted these sentences from Michael Swan's PEU. It is always better you come up with your own words--or atleast paraphrase --ideas, and examples.Emotion: smile
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From Practical English Usage, 3rd edition:

The tax man will get you in the end.

A declarative sentence has a full stop at the end.
Teo
From Practical English Usage, 3rd edition:

The tax man will get you in the end.

A declarative sentence has a full stop at the end.

Sorry, Teo

I wish you had used your own sentences. Emotion: smile
Thanks a lot for your kind replies, I was just little confused. I asked this question to a teacher today and he said "At the end of (something) and In the end (by itself)". I couldn't check this, but I think is not completely wrong accoriding to the text I was reading.


At the end of the book, I realised there was a typo.

In the end, I realised there was a typo in the book.
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