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  1. Newbie
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    beginning, end


    I am currently trying to fill in these little gaps in my grammar knowledge, in preparation for CPE. I have just realized that I can't differentiate the use of prepositions with these two words: 'beginning' and 'end'. Would you be able to come up with some contextual clues (sentence examples on 'at the...', 'in the...' , 'on the...' etc. . Many thanks in advance and greetings!

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    Re: beginning, end

    To begin with:
    in the end
    In the end suggests that something happens after a lot of changes, problems or uncertainty.
    We made eight different plans for our holiday, but in the end we went to Brighton again.
    I left in the middle of the film. Did they get married in the end?
    The tax man will get you in the end.
    at the end
    At the end simply refers to position at the end of something. There is no sense of waiting or delay.
    A declarative sentence usually has a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end.
    I wish I was paid at the beginning of the week and not at the end.

    on the end

    Comment on the end of the book.
    He made a speech on the end of the world.
    Last edited by queenbu; 05-Mar-2007 at 19:36.

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    Re: beginning, end

    Thank you very much Queenbu, that pretty much clarifies everything. best regards!

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