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Last(adv), at the end
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1. Last(adv)
I don't know if it can mean "in the last point". What do you think?

2. at the end
- is it true we MUST use it like the following structure?
at the end of something

- is it possible for me to use them in the sense of "at last"?
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1. "in the last point" doesn't mean anything to me. Is there another synonym you could use to help me understand your question?

2. No. "at the end" does not have to be followed by "of X".

The story was very exciting. It seemed that the young girl was going to die in the flood, but she was saved at the end. ("at the end of the story" is understood.)

3. "last" is not the same as "at last". "at the end" is not the same as "at last".
"finally" is closer to "at last".

The school year is finished. At last we are free from homework! (= Finally we are free from homework!)
Last we are free from homework! -- absolutely impossible.
At the end we are free from homework! -- absolutely impossible.

And there's the famous:
Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty! Free at last!
= Finally free!
Free last! -- absolutely impossible.
Free at the end! -- absolutely impossible.
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1. "in the last point" doesn't mean anything to me. Is there another synonym you could use to help me understand your question?

Sure I can help.
When you list a series of reasons, points etc. you may use:
- in the first place/point
- in the second place/point
...
- in the last place/point

So does Last(adv) = "in the last point"?
So what's the difference between:
- last (adv)
- at last
- finally, eventually
- at the end (of something)
- in the end
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"in the first/second/... place" is more commonly "first, second, ..."
Keeping with this pattern, yes, "last" is also possible in this series.

Also, with the same meanings, "firstly, secondly, ... lastly".

"in the first/second/... point" is not used.
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After all the posts and replies on this subject, how can you not know the answer to your own question?!!!Emotion: smile

There are many meanings to each word. That's one of the reasons we have dictionaries!

John arrived first; Jerry arrived last.
At last/finally, after a lot of hard work, we've accomplished our goal.
Maybe not now, maybe not soon, but eventually/in the course of time, we will accomplish our goal.
at the end of the story, at the end of the road, at the end of the month
In the end, everything turned out well.

Jim