As an English learning student, I'm having a trouble understanding the differences of these 3 expressions.

  1. The end of line
  2. End of the line
  3. End of line

Could someone explain the differences please?

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  • If you mean carriage-return followed by line-feed, that is "End of Line". – Hot Licks Apr 8 at 3:15
  • As an English Learning student please read the Tour to this site to see that you have come to the wrong place. The right place is called English Language Learners. – David Apr 8 at 18:51

The first is noun phrase and the second is (normally) an adjective.

End of the line.

This is a phrase that is talking about the final stop in a destination. It originates from railways and the end of a physical railway track. Villains have been known to comically say, "This is the end of the line for you!"

End of line.

This is normally not used in conversation. In programming terms, it's an adjective for an invisible character that is, literally, a marker for the end of a line of code. (An end-of-line character.) In the movie Tron, the computer-based antagonist said "end of line" at the end of conversations rather than "goodbye." That's the only situation I know of when it's been used in any way other than, strictly speaking, programming terms.

Per a comment, I've also been told that end of line can be used as an adjective in retail to describe products that are no longer being made (or sold): it's an end-of-line product.

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    It's also used in retail from time to time. When a shop has ony a few items of a number of particular products left and they are not going to restock them (perhaps because they are seasonal) the shop will often offer them cheaply as 'end of line' items. – BoldBen Apr 8 at 7:49