03 / 04 / 2008

END UP: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's expression is: to end up somewhere; to end up doing something.

It means: to find yourself in a particular place or situation after a series of events, although you did not initially plan to be there or be doing that thing.

This expression also came up in last Saturday's Breakfast Club (and was originally covered in a Daily Vitamin sent on June 21, 2005).

Example 1:
How did we end up in Jacksonville? Maybe we should have stayed on the main road instead of taking that shortcut.

Example 2:
I always end up finishing Kelly's work for her, even though I always promise myself that the next time it will be different.

The Spanish translation for this expression is acabar haciendo. Be careful not to confuse end up with the expression finish doing something. It's not the same thing! To finish doing something means to complete an action.

Example 3:
When you finish doing your homework, you can watch television.

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