Needless to state, the comma wouldn't be necessary if you were to say

Everything will be alright at the end

But what if you were to state

At the end everything will be alright

Surely there is a pause between the word 'end' and 'everything', so would it be better to insert a comma between them?

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    "In the end" is probably more appropriate here, unless you say "At the end of something." Either way, it is an introductory clause, so a comma is to be expected. – MorganFR Jun 15 '16 at 10:26
  • @MorganFR: Intriguing. You are right about "In the end.." phrase being more common. This statement was intended to the stated in some place like a dark tunnel. I think your comment can be a suitable answer, could you expand it in the answer post? – Ébe Isaac Jun 15 '16 at 10:35
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    A comma obsessive would put a comma there, but it's not required. – Hot Licks Jun 15 '16 at 11:20

"At the end" is an introductory clause (although it can be placed at the end of the sentence). An introductory clause, as such, requires a comma before the main clause.

The tunnel is dark. At the end (of it), you will find some light.

As for the preposition before "the end", if you are talking about the end of something previously mentioned or mentioned in the "at the end of..." itself, you can use "at". Otherwise, you might wanna use "In the end."

In the end, it will be alright.

  • Upvote. I suggest you make that excellent attribution more prominent in your answer. Instead of "further reading", I think it qualifies as incontrovertible proof! – Tushar Raj Jun 15 '16 at 10:49

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