in the end / at the end

sophie3210

Senior Member
France and French
Hi everybody,

I was wondering :confused: if someone could help me with this sentence:
"The very principle of the genre is to complete the case for good in the end / at the end." I cannot decide which option is the best, nor what the exact difference between the two is. Any idea ?
Thanks a lot
 
  • sophie3210

    Senior Member
    France and French
    yes of course. I am talking about detective fiction, and the fact that one of the rules of the genre is to explain everything at the end of the story. Hope it is clearer !
     

    pointvirgule

    Senior Member
    langue française
    At the end : a "physical" place. At the end of the book, at the end of the story.

    In the end : en fin de compte. At the end, the hero saves the day, but only by accident, so in the end he's not much of a hero.
     
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