Monday, May 01, 2017

at, in, beginning, end

At the beginning and at the end have slightly different meanings than in the beginning and in the end.

At the beginning and at the end are more literal and usually refer to the specific moment when something starts or finishes. 

In the beginning usually means “at first” and refers more generally to the early stages of something. It also suggests a contrast with a later situation. In the end often means “finally” and is used to talk about a result or conclusion. Take note, the idiom at the end of the day is also used this way.

Incorrect:
Rosa told the teacher in the beginning of class that she would have to leave early.

Correct:
Rosa told the teacher at the beginning of class that she would have to leave early.

Incorrect:
In the end of the movie, everyone rides off into the sunset.

Correct:
At the end of the movie, everyone rides off into the sunset.

Incorrect:
We fought all the time at the beginning, but now we’re best friends.

Correct:
We fought all the time in the beginning, but now we’re best friends.

Incorrect:
At the end, I realized that getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to me.

Correct:
In the end, I realized that getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to me.

No comments: