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End up is an idiom meaning 'come finally to (some situation or conclusion)' and can take a gerund complement describing the end state, which can be a predicate adjective or noun (with a being auxiliary). It has pretty much the same meaning and grammar as wind up. She ended up going to the movies after all. She ended up writing about her mother. She ended up ...


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It is hard to know where to start ... In all cases, “up” is an adverb that carries the meaning of “finally or completely”. Compare: He opened the box - this does not say how far he opened the box - perhaps just a little... He opened the box up / He opened up the box. He opened the box completely, e.g. he took off the lid. To end up is probably a phrasal verb ...


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