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    In the end vs Finally

    I had to jump start the car, but ________ I got it going
    a) in the end
    b) Finally

    My book said that I could only choose Finally, without any explanation, so I wondered why we couldn't put " In the end" into the sentence?
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    Re: In the end vs Finally

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    I had to jump start the car, but ________ he got it going
    a) in the end
    b) Finally

    My book said that I could only choose Finally, without any explanation, so I wondered why we couldn't put " In the end" into the sentence?
    I would say that "finally" would be more common but "in the end" is fine grammatically. I can see no difference.


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    Re: In the end vs Finally

    Sorry, it must be

    I jump-start the car,but______I got it start

    a) in the end

    b) finally

    So do I, I don't see any differences here. Yet I think in the end cannot be put in the mid- position, can it?


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    Re: In the end vs Finally

    I jump-start the car, and______I got it started.

    You can use either here - there is nothing wrong with "and in the end..."


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    Re: In the end vs Finally

    Well, perhaps I was wrong again
    I jump-start the car, but_______ I got it started

    You were half right, Anglinka, after got..... Yet the conjunction here is but, not and


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    Re: In the end vs Finally

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Well, perhaps I was wrong again
    I jump-start the car, but_______ I got it started

    You were half right, Anglinka, after got..... Yet the conjunction here is but, not and
    "But" is not correct since "jump-start" implies that the car started. That is why "and" is the correct conjunction.


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    Re: In the end vs Finally

    I don't know, that what my book was written about


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    Re: In the end vs Finally

    I am afraid your book seems to be wrong.

    However, your first post has the sentences as:

    I had to jump start the car, but ________ I got it going.

    Here "but" is acceptable; and you can still use either "Finally" or "in the end".

    You then changed the sentence to:

    I jump-start the car,but______I got it start

    As subsequent replies show, this is ungrammatical and would need to be changed to make sense.

    It is very important to make absolutely sure that you copy text exactly when asking a question, or you lead a merry dance of incomprehension. Please confirm which of these sentences was the one in your book.

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    Re: In the end vs Finally

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt
    My book said that I could only choose Finally, without any explanation, so I wondered why we couldn't put "In the end" into the sentence?
    The reason is semantics, meaning:
    • In the end means, after a long process.
    • Finally means, at last; eventually; after a considerable delay.

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    Re: In the end vs Finally

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    ... I think "in the end" cannot be put in the mid-position, can it?
    It can, and notice that it isn't in mid-position here:
    ... but in the end I got it started.
    It precedes the subject.

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