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    Smile at the beginning, at the beginning, in the end, at the end

    when and what context should we use "in the beginning, at the beginning", "at the end and in the end". Please clearify this to me. thanks a lot.

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    Re: at the beginning, at the beginning, in the end, at the end

    Welcome, Reshma Bremond.

    In the end = finally, after a long time; e.g., In the end, I got a visa for Russia.

    At the end = at the point where something stops; e.g., I think the film’s a bit weak at the end.

    on time in time in the end at the end prepositions grammar


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    Re: at the beginning, at the beginning, in the end, at the end

    Hi,
    That was the easier part. As to the beginning, at the beginning means a)initially, at first b) in the first part of sth.
    At the beginning Jimmy was afraid to say a word, later he relaxed a little.
    We're going to Wexford at the beginning of June.

    I'm afraid I'm not able to give examples with in the beginning...

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    Re: at the beginning, at the beginning, in the end, at the end

    In the beginning means originally; before now; e.g., In the beginning the goals that were aimed for were not as ambitious as today; In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, whereas at the beginning means at the point where something begins; e.g., The film was a bit weak at the beginning.


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    Re: at the beginning, at the beginning, in the end, at the end

    Hi,
    I’ve just done some research. All the usage of in the beginning is an allusion to the biblical phrase. So the usage is very limited.
    In the beginning was the Word
    In the beginning, there was light.
    In the beginning God created the Bit and the Byte.
    In the Beginning God Created the Swimsuit.


    I wish I could see what BNC supplies on the collocation.

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