Sunday, 7 August 2011

At the end 和 in the end 有分別嗎?


(Correct) In the end, my boyfriend showed up and paid for my movie ticket. 

(Wrong) At the end, my boyfriend showed up and paid for my movie ticket.    

很多中小學生分不清 at the end 和 in the end 的分別。其實很簡單

In the end 是一個 adverb phrase,意思是最終

譬如說:   

Peter played all day long and, in the end, he failed all his examinations.   

We waited for Peter for an hour but he didn't turn up.  In the end, we went without him. 

而 at the end 是指一個地方的盡頭,一個時間的盡頭,或者一個東西的最尾部份

英文會寫成 at the end of (something)。

一些例子:
  • at the end of the street/tunnel/corridor/etc.
  • at the end of the week/month/year/etc.
  • at the end of the story/film/etc.

譬如說: 

We said goodbye to our teacher at the end of the class.

I'm going to watch a movie at the end of the week.    

Keep walking and you'll see the bus stop at the end of the street.

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