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    Lightbulb Use of "End up doing something"

    Are the following correct use of "end up doing something" ?

    I am not saying anything because I don't want to end up fighting with you unnecessarily.

    Don't leave anything for tomorrow. Do it today. Otherwise you will end up having a lot of work.

    If I didn't finish that yesterday I would end up having a lot of things which I couldn't have handled at all.

    You need to drive the ball lightly when the speed is high. Otherwise you will end up putting it out of the table.

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    Re: Use of "End up doing something"

    Quote Originally Posted by GentleBoy View Post
    Are the following correct use of "end up doing something" ?

    I am not saying anything because I don't want to end up fighting with you unnecessarily.

    Don't leave anything for tomorrow. Do it today. Otherwise you will end up having a lot of work.

    If I didn't finish that yesterday I would end up having a lot of things which I couldn't have handled at all.

    You need to drive the ball lightly when the speed is high. Otherwise you will end up putting it out of the table.

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    Your uses of "end up..." are all correct.

    I have some problems with sentences 3 and 4. Number 3 seems illogical. You either did or didn't finish that yesterday. It is hard to make that a conditional with "didn't". I would use "If I hadn't finished that yesterday, I would have ended up with a lot of things I couldn't handle."
    Number 4 sounds like table tennis (ping pong). I am not familiar with the jargon of this sport, but it seems to me that "out of the table" is incorrect.

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    Re: Use of "End up doing something"

    As with tennis, if you hit a ball too hard in table tennis you will "hit it long" or "hit it out".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Use of "End up doing something"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As with tennis, if you hit a ball too hard in table tennis you will "hit it long" or "hit it out".
    I get your point, but "hit it out of the court" seems more reasonable to me than "hit it out of the table". But, as I said, I am not that familiar with the jargon.

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    Re: Use of "End up doing something"

    A table tennis table isn't referred to as a court.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Use of "End up doing something"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    A table tennis table isn't referred to as a court.
    I knew that. You brought up tennis.

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