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    Question end of an era / end to an era

    Hi,

    In the sentence "His resignation marked an end to an era",
    should it be "end of an era"? Or is it correct to
    say "end to an era".

    Thanks

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    Re: end of an era / end to an era

    'Of' is probably more common, but 'to' is OK.

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    Re: end of an era / end to an era

    tdol, thanks for the clarification. The only place I am used to seeing 'to'
    is in something like 'to put an end TO something.'. So it sounded strange to me.

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    Re: end of an era / end to an era

    You can also bring something, including eras, to an end.

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    Re: end of an era / end to an era

    there is a big difference in meaning here which is why you normally see end of an era..

    to would imply his resignation forced an end to this era
    of signifies that his resignation coincided with/brought about the end of an era
    a subtle difference but you can think of one as chopping something off the other as closing a door.

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