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At The End vs. In The End

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Common mistakes

  1. (NG) In the end of the day, we went to a wine bar.
    1. (OK) At the end of the day, we went to a wine bar.
  2. (NG) I looked in a lot of shops for a white sweater. At the end, I just bought one online.
    1. (OK) I looked in a lot of shops for a white sweater. In the end, I just bought one online.

Grammar words and phrases in context

At the end of the day, I like to relax while listening to some music. I listen to classical music because it’s relaxing. I tried listening to all kinds of music, but in the end, classical music is the best one for me. Bach is my favorite composer, and even though a lot of his music is written in a minor key, which is like a sad mood, some pieces change to a major key at the end.

At the end means the time or point that something finishes. We usually use at the end plus of plus a noun. The noun here is the thing that finishes.

  1. At the end of the day, I like to relax while listening to some music.
  2. I heard that the hero defeated the bad guys at the end of the movie.
  3. You can find a nice coffee shop at the end of this street.

In the end means finally or lastly. We often use in the end to introduce an idea or a topic that came after a sequence of events or after a number of other choices have been considered. The phrase in the end can come at the beginning or at the end of a sentence.

  1. We looked in many stores to find a nice sofa. In the end, we bought one at the furniture shop at the mall.
  2. I couldn’t decide what to do last weekend, and in the end, I just stayed home.
  3. Jack spent several months considering which apartment to rent and looked all over the New York City area. He decided to move to Brooklyn in the end.

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