This belongs in a different kind of text – NOT IELTS Task 1!
In a narrative (a story) there’s a beginning, a middle, and an end. However, unlike the way data is represented on a graph, the parts of a story usually do not correspond to precise points in time.
The beginning of a story can take place over a few hours, days, weeks, even years. Likewise the middle and the end. When we refer to these approximate periods of time, we use in.
In the beginning the prince was kind to the local people, but after he became king he was corrupted by power and in the end he was feared by everyone.
In the end is often used as a synonym for words like eventually and ultimately:
The climbers faced many challenges but in the end they succeeded in reaching the summit.
(eventually – after a period of time)
A teacher can help but in the end it is the student who must make the effort.
(ultimately – other factors are less important)
Both words are often translated from the Indonesian akhirnya, although as you can see the English meanings are slightly different!
In our opening statement there is reference to a particular period, and so we need:
At the end of the period the figure was almost 200.
Select suitable items from the drop-down menus to complete the text below.
In the beginning everyone had high hopes for the business. Economic conditions were right, and the management team was strong. At the beginning of the economic crisis, quarterly results showed no downturn in sales and everyone was optimistic that the company would survive. Unfortunately our business met the same fate as so many others, and in the end we had to close stores all over the country. However, we refuse to accept defeat, and we are planning to start a new business at the end of this year. Hopefully by the end of next year sales figures will have reached similar levels as were recorded at the beginning of our most successful year on record – 2010!
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