Learn English Vocabulary – Finally Vs. In The End

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What is the difference between FINALLY and IN THE END?

Both finally and in the end are used when we refer to the conclusion of something, but they have different meanings. In this English lesson, I am going to teach you what these phrases mean, and how to use them.

We use Finally in two ways. First, we use finally as the last item in a series or sequence of things. So, finally is used to end a list. In this use, finally comes at the beginning of the sentence.

  • First, I will show you some pens. Next, I’ll show you some pencils. Finally, I will show you some notebooks.
  • We did several things today. First, we had a meeting. Then, we worked on the reports. After that we had a second meeting. Finally, we left the office.

We also use finally when we want to indicate that we have been waiting a long time for something to happen. In this use, finally comes next to the verb.

  • I went to several stores to try and find my favorite coffee. I finally found it at Trader Joe’s.
  • We walked around the city taking photos and enjoying the sights. We finally got back to the hotel at 9pm.
  • After sending hundreds of resumes and going on many interviews, Jack has finally found a new job.

We use in the end when we want to indicate that something has happened after a change, after uncertainty, or after considering all other options. In this use, in the end comes at the beginning or the end of the sentence.

  • You can try many types of diets to lose weight. In the end, you can not slim down if you do not include exercise in your daily routine.
  • We discussed several different marketing options, but in the end we decided to try some online ads.
  • I read the story of King Kong. This giant ape was captured and brought to NYC. He escaped and fell in love with a beautiful woman. In the end, he was killed while climbing on top of the Empire State Building!

Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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  1. First i read this One point English lesson , then focus on it , after that processed it in my mind , finally i understood that you are a good teacher 😀

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  2. Some people think life is about making money and becoming famous, but they realise it is not in the end.

    By the way, there’s a mistake in “loose weight”. It should read “lose weight”.

    I don’t know why so many native speakers make that mistake. Those two words are spelt and pronounced differently:

    lose /luːz/ verb
    loose /luːs/ adjective

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  3. I was looking to buy a present for my beloved husband, in the end i really felt fade up, but finally i found something which is a special and unique pack of sock

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