Both terms are considered to be time-order words, they give idea of sequence in a narrative. They may look the same … but actually, they are not.

Let`s check some examples:

  • I’ll meet you here at the end of the performance.
  • At the end of the class, the teacher said she wanted to talk to me.
  • We all went home at the end of the movie.
  • There’s this gigantic house at the end of the street.
  • I will have an answer at the end of the day, ok?              

“At the end” is used when talking about the end of something (a game, a concert, a movie, a class, a visit, a test, a street, an avenue, etc) “At the end” is the opposite of “At the beginning”. Notice that the terms is used as “at the end of”.

Now let`s read some examples using “in the end”:

  • In the end, they became friends.
  • I’m sure we’ll succeed in the end.
  • In the end, it’ll all be the same thing.
  • All will turn out well in the end.
  • In the end we decided not to buy it.

“In the end” is the same as “finally” and there is no of to be added to the term.

You can use both terms in the same sentence.

I called my friend Lucy to invite her for a concert on Friday. She told me her husband had made plans for them, so she could not go with me. I went to the concert by myself. I took a taxi. I sat in the third row. I was very happy I had an awesome view. When I look on my right, guess who was sitting on the front row? Lucy and her husband! I called her but she did not hear me. I waved to her.She did not notice I was there. In the end, we saw each other at the end of the concert. She could not believe what happened.