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I need some help with this question from an English test for English learners :

Fill with the correct word:

____ of the play, everybody stood up and applauded. ____, it was a good play.

A. in the end - in the end
B. At the end- in the end
C. At the beginning - at the end
D. In the end - At the beginning

I would choose letter "B" and I would like to know if you guys agree with me. also I would like to know this is also possible:

At the end of the play, everybody stood up and applauded. At the beginning, it was a good play.

I can use the bold expression without of?

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    You are almost certainly correct in terms of what a standardized test would want from you. What exactly is the context here, though? Just answering an obvious test question? Jan 28, 2014 at 14:40
  • There is no context here, it is just this question, exactly at this way. So you agree that , letter B is the correct answer?
    – user63598
    Jan 28, 2014 at 15:01
  • As @SouthpawHare said, you are correct. Further, your suggested phrase is technically correct, but doesn't make a lot of sense as written. The implication is that the play started good, then got worse...but then why would everyone stand and applaud at the end?
    – Doc
    Jan 28, 2014 at 15:08

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At the end of the play, everybody stood up and applauded. In the end, it was a good play.

Yes, "At the beginning" can be used without "of".

"At" is appropriate when there is a more specific reference point in time. "In" is less specific.

Here is a biblical reference where the specific point in time is not relevant or known:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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  • thanks a lot!Do you have an example of a sentence that I can use "at the beginning"without "of" ? The meaning would be changed? Thanks
    – user63598
    Jan 28, 2014 at 15:03
  • At the beginning (of the play), everybody was having a good time. You can remove "of the play". However the context becomes important here. It must be clear that you're talking about the play.
    – Sanctor
    Jan 28, 2014 at 15:08
  • "At the beginning, it was a good play. Unfortunately, it quickly lost steam after the half-way point."
    – Doc
    Jan 28, 2014 at 15:47

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