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Difference between ‘in the end & at the end’

When and how are in the end ’and at the end’ used?

The English terms ‘in the end’ and ‘at the end’ can easily be confused because of their similarity. However, care must be taken here as the meaning differs. With regard to their sentence order, you can find details under the adverbial provisions of the indefinite time for ‘in the end’ and under the adverbial provisions of the place for ‘at the end’.

  • In detail, there are the following differences in use:
    • If the usage means 'finally', the adverbial phrase 'in the end' is used:
      • "In the end I decided not to buy a new car." (Eventually I made up my mind not to buy a new car.)
      • "We had some misunderstandings but in the end everything was solved." (We had some disagreements, but eventually everything was resolved.)
    • The statement ‘at the end’, on the other hand, is used in the sense of “towards the end of something” or to represent a spatial end:
      • "I usually don't have any money left at the end of the month." (I usually run out of money at the end of the month.)
        • here in the figurative sense at a certain point in time
      • "At the end of the show, we all were very tired." (At the end of the performance we were all very tired.)
        • here also in the temporal sense
      • "There was a fire at the house at the end of the street." (There was a fire in the house at the end of the street.)
        • here with spatial reference

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