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    In the end / At the end

    Hi teachers


    On one of the ESL forums on the net I found the following :


    First several students spoke at the meeting, then our headmaster gave a talk and ____ the pop group gave a performance.
    A. at the end B. in the end
    C. to the end D. for the end

    Most teachers [ native speakers] chose {A} as the correct answer.
    Is it correct?
    My questions are :
    1.Which of the above possible answers is correct?
    1. Why did the native speakers choose {A} ?

    How should the sentence sound?

    a] First several students spoke at the meeting, then our headmaster gave a talk and at the end [of the speech] the pop group gave a performance.

    or
    b] First several students spoke at the meeting, then our headmaster gave a talk and in the end [finally] the pop group gave a performance.

    Thank you very much in advance


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    Re: In the end / At the end

    1. All are possible, but the best are A and D. B is a fairly common phrase to start a statement with: "In the end, the pop group gave a performance." C would be better (but not more correct by rules) if it were until the end

    2. Personally, I chose D, but A was also possible. If the reason the band played was to put a finishing note on the event, then for the end seems better. at the end simply means that it happened at that time, whereas for the end means that it happened because it was that time.

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    Re: In the end / At the end

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi teachers


    On one of the ESL forums on the net I found the following :


    First several students spoke at the meeting, then our headmaster gave a talk and ____ the pop group gave a performance.
    A. at the end B. in the end
    C. to the end D. for the end

    Most teachers [ native speakers] chose {A} as the correct answer.
    Is it correct?
    My questions are :
    1.Which of the above possible answers is correct?
    1. Why did the native speakers choose {A} ?

    How should the sentence sound?

    a] First several students spoke at the meeting, then our headmaster gave a talk and at the end [of the speech] the pop group gave a performance.

    or
    b] First several students spoke at the meeting, then our headmaster gave a talk and in the end [finally] the pop group gave a performance.

    Thank you very much in advance
    I think when they choose "at the end" they don't mean "the speech" they mean "at the end of the meeting"

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