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Difference between finished and ended #1 (permalink) Sat Jan 15, 2005 6:31 am   Difference between finished and ended
 

Test No. incompl/elem-5 "Finish/End", question 4

Sadly their marriage of 25 years ......... in divorce.

(a) ends
(b) ended
(c) finishes
(d) finished

Test No. incompl/elem-5 "Finish/End", answer 4

Sadly their marriage of 25 years ended in divorce.

Correct answer: (b) ended

Your answer was: incorrect
Sadly their marriage of 25 years finished in divorce.
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Ended/finished #2 (permalink) Sat Jan 15, 2005 10:43 am   Ended/finished
 

This is a difficult one! Here you need ended to show that the marriage stopped and so ceased to exist.as in: The second world war ended in 1945. Finished gives the idea of completion and therefore not continuing because you don't expect it to as in: The concert finished at 10 o'clock. Hope this helps.
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Ended/finished #3 (permalink) Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:54 am   Ended/finished
 

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Ended/finished #4 (permalink) Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:37 am   Ended/finished
 

Test No. incompl/elem-5 "Finish/End", question 4

Sadly their marriage of 25 years ......... in divorce.

(a) ends
(b) ended
(c) finishes
(d) finished

Test No. incompl/elem-5 "Finish/End", answer 4


correct sentence:
Sadly their marriage of 25 years ended in divorce.

Correct answer: (b) ended

Your answer was: incorrect
your sentence:
Sadly their marriage of 25 years ends in divorce.
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why it is ended intead of ends? #5 (permalink) Tue Oct 21, 2008 19:36 pm   why it is ended intead of ends?
 

There marriage of 25 years ________in divorce.
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Ends/ended #6 (permalink) Tue Oct 21, 2008 19:41 pm   Ends/ended
 

dear Alan,
can u please tell me why it is ended in the sentence and not ends.
sadly their marriage after 25 years ______in divorce[/u]
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Difference between finished and ended #7 (permalink) Tue Oct 21, 2008 20:09 pm   Difference between finished and ended
 

Hi Kk,

The past tense 'ended' is used to show that this happened in the past.

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Difference between finished and ended #8 (permalink) Wed Oct 14, 2009 17:11 pm   Difference between finished and ended
 

Hi Torsten,
I don't understood the difference between end and finish
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Difference between finished and ended #9 (permalink) Mon Jun 21, 2010 18:09 pm   Difference between finished and ended
 

Hi,

Thanks for your question, which is difficult to answer because the two verbs are used in many idioms. I can only say that 'finish' usually suggests conclusion and 'end' suggests finality. Let me give you 2 examples:

They finish work at 6 o'clock.
She ended her career as an opera singer in 1968.

Hope this helps,
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Difference between finished and ended #10 (permalink) Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:43 am   Difference between finished and ended
 

Quote:
finish = conclusion
end = finality

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Difference between finished and ended #11 (permalink) Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:56 am   Difference between finished and ended
 

hi,
I had 7 of 10 in this test but I still do not really understand difference between finish and end. Please, can you expalne a little bit more about this topic.
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Difference between finished and ended #12 (permalink) Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:12 am   Difference between finished and ended
 

Hi Natalliaz,

This one of those pairs of words that causes a lot of problems. Very generally 'finish' suggests complete and 'end' suggests bring to a stop or halt. We finished our breakfast at 9 o'clock. The committee ended its discussions after hours of argument.

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Difference between finished and ended #13 (permalink) Mon Jul 12, 2010 14:53 pm   Difference between finished and ended
 

Marlen wrote:
Hi Torsten,
I don't understood the difference between end and finish

Thank a lot alan, I got it.
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Difference between finished and ended #14 (permalink) Fri Jul 16, 2010 22:41 pm   Difference between finished and ended
 

Hi
I think there's no difference in meaning between them. but the way we use them is different in some cases and should be memorized.
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Difference between finished and ended #15 (permalink) Tue Aug 31, 2010 15:08 pm   Difference between finished and ended
 

HI
Is there any way to realize when we should use "end" or " finish" . I find it very dificult to clear. I haved been very confused.
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