in the end v at the end

In the end usually means finally. It is often used after a sequence of events.
  • We thought about going to the Seychelles for our honeymoon. I quite liked the idea of going to Cancun but in the end we decided on Paris.
  • They tried to make their relationship work but in the end they split up.
At the end is usually followed by an expression of time or space.
  • Our teacher wrote the homework on the board at the end of the lesson.
  • The museum is at the end of this street.
  • At the end of the day it's just a game of football. It isn't worth getting upset about.
It's the same difference between in the beginning and at the beginning.
  • In the beginning everyone was happy with the arrangement but then.......
  • I get paid at the beginning of the month.


Graham said…
These is just one of the many, many confusing expressions in English. Have a look back at all the other confusing words (see under labels).
Graham said…
These is... WRONG

This is... RIGHT