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  1. RL's Avatar

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    #1

    at the/in the

    Teachers, this confuse me a lot.

    when should I use at the/in the?

    at the end of the day
    in the end of the day

    Thanks

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    Re: at the/in the

    here's another one

    in the beginning
    at the beginning

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    Re: at the/in the

    When it comes to TIME, 'at' refers to a specific point in time, like, for example, at 5:00, so use "at the end of the day" because 'day' refers to time.

    "in the end" and "at the end" are fine, but "in the end of the day" is not OK because 'day' refers to time.

    Use "in the end/beginning" to refer to an event, like this,

    Event
    [1] In the beginning (when John first started working for our company), he was a good employee.

    Time
    [2] At the beginning (of the meeting time), we discussed pay raises.

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    Re: at the/in the

    isn't a meeting considered an event, Ms. Casiopea?! Thanks

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    Re: at the/in the

    up!

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    Re: at the/in the

    It's pragmatics, RL. Note, "at the beginning of our meeting" means, when the meeting started. The time it started. :D

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    Re: at the/in the

    ic. Thanks!

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    Re: at the/in the

    You're welcome.

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