Someone ask me this question recently. Being a native English speaker, I never really thought of this before. So let’s examine the difference.
In the end
The phrase "in the end" means "finally" usually means the conclusion after a long time, it's is often followed by a comma. Here are some examples:
- "In the end", we all learned a very important lesson.
- "We worked hard that night, " in the end", we accomplish our goal.
At the end
"At the end is used in the idiom" at the end of the day" means at the point when something stops. It is used as a prepositional phrase followed by of, to refer to the end of a specific noun. This noun can be a physical object, a period of time, an event, a place.
- Everyone sat down "at the end" of the music.
- He died at the end of the movie
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