March 24, 2012 - Word of the Day: end
Use the word "end" when something finishes or is completed.
As a noun it looks like this:
- This construction project is coming to an end.
- When is the end of the movie?
- That's the end of the street.
- Negotiations brought an end to the fighting.
- The end of his shift is at 8:00.
You can take the sentences above and rewrite them with the word "end" as a verb:
- This construction project is ending.
- When does this movie end?
- The street ends over there.
- The fighting ended following negotiations.
- His shift ends at 8:00.
A common idiom that uses "end" is "end up." This is used for a situation and its conclusion. It's similar to the word "finish."
- When Mohammed moved to the United States, he and his family ended up in Detroit, Michigan.
- Our company ended up with a big profit last year.
- Laura always ends up staying late at the office because she has so much work to do.
- Where did you end up last night after the party?
- How did the game end up? I left early.
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