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    finish and end

    Dear teachers,

    The usages of "end" and "finish" is confusing. For example, I can say "When I finish reading the book....."。 But I can's say "When I end reading the book....". But grammatically both are correct. So it must have something to do with collocation. I have consulted my dictionaries but failed to sum up the usages. Could you please kindly explain them?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: finish and end

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,

    The usages of "end" and "finish" is confusing. For example, I can say "When I finish reading the book....."。 But I can's say "When I end reading the book....". But grammatically both are correct. So it must have something to do with collocation. I have consulted my dictionaries but failed to sum up the usages. Could you please kindly explain them?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I finished the book, but I will read another book in the future.
    I ended my marriage, and I will not be remarrying that person! I ended it.

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    Re: finish and end


    Dear Casiopea,

    Thank you very much for providing the two examples. I'll try to understand them.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang

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    I finished the book, but I will read another book in the future.
    I ended my marriage, and I will not be remarrying that person! I ended it.

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