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    Question What is the synonym for "end of something"?

    Hi there,

    I wonder if both of the following words can be considered as a synonym for "end of something".

    1. Tip
    2. Bottom

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    Re: What is the synonym for "end of something"?

    They will all depend on context.

    If you reach the eastern tip of a peninsula (that extends to the east), you've reached the end.
    If you reach the bottom of a list, you've reached the end.

    But you wouldn't say you've reached the tip of a list, nor the bottom of an eastward-pointing peninsula.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What is the synonym for "end of something"?

    Thanks. So, you mean both of them mean "the end of something" but regarding the use of "tip" we can make use of it in some contexts and not others. And the same is true about "bottom". Right?
    But, you know, in the story that I'm reading it and it is about starfish both "tip" and "bottom" have been used in the following sentences:

    The starfish crawls along the bottom of the sea.
    It sees with a spot on the tip of each arm.

    Then, at the end of this story there is a set of exercises. In one of them the readers have been asked to find words in the story that mean:

    1. End of something:
    2. Creep
    etc.

    Now, in such a context which word between "tip" and "bottom" should be written here? I think we should write both of them, but explain that each word is used in a specific context. Right?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Oct-2016 at 09:28.

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    Re: What is the synonym for "end of something"?

    No.

    In the context you were given, the "tip of each arm" means "the end of each arm."

    The "bottom of the sea" is not the "end" of the sea.

    If you said "the bottom of each arm" it would mean the part that faces down. It's a different meaning.

    Do you know which word means "creep"?
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    Re: What is the synonym for "end of something"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The "bottom of the sea" is not the "end" of the sea.

    Do you know which word means "creep"?
    Excuse me, why bottom does not mean the end of the sea?
    Yes. Crawls means creep. Thank you!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Oct-2016 at 19:52.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    Excuse me, Why does "bottom" does not mean the "end" of the sea?
    Yes. Crawls means creep. Thank you!
    "The bottom of the sea" is another way of saying "the seabed". It's not used to describe where the sea "ends".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    "The bottom of the sea" is another way of saying "the seabed". It's not used to describe where the sea "ends".
    Aww, so we should use "seaside" for the end of the sea. Right?

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    Re: What is the synonym for "end of something"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    Oh, so we should use "seaside" for the end of the sea. Right?
    No. We never say 'the end of the sea.'

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    Re: What is the synonym for "end of something"?

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    No. We never say 'the end of the sea.'
    Is the use of "aww" incorrect? I've seen its usage by a native American.

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    Re: What is the synonym for "end of something"?

    Spelt that way, it's more likely to be followed by 'What a bonny baby'/'What a cute kitten', or 'Rats! I spilt my gin' — depending on the tone of voice.

    'Oh' is an expression of realisation — 'I see'/I get it', or surprise — 'Oh , really?'

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