in the end


United States, English
Hey guys! I just wanted to know as many synonyms for "au final" as possible. ex: finalement, enfin, etc. But I want to use it as a concluding sentence of an essay. Thank you very much!! :)
  • Chimel

    Senior Member
    En fin de compte, au bout du compte... are better synonyms. Au final usually doesn't mean "at last" (for instance, if you have four points, you can introduce the last one by enfin, finalement, pour finir... but not by au final) but is closer to "at the end of the day". "Il a l'air sec à première vue, mais au final il est plutôt sympa".

    Anyway, as OLN points out, it's rather colloquial (and not admitted by everyone) and you'd better avoid it in an essay.
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