I don’t know about other languages, but these two verbs can be easily confused in
Very often, we see this kind of mistakes: We missed the bus and finished taking a taxi .
So what is the difference between these two verbs? How can we use them?
♥ End Up
– if you end up somewhere, you eventually arrive there, even though you did not originally intend to go there.
Many of his friends ended up in prison for different crimes
– if you end up doing something or end up in a particular state, you do it or get to that state even though you did not originally intend to.
We missed the bus and ended up taking a taxi
I f the crisis continues, we will end up with millions and millions of unemployed
-If you finish, or finish something you are doing, producing or dealing with, you reach the end of it, so there is no more for you to do, produce or deal with .
I’ve just finished doing the ironing
When we finished eating , we left
– When a course, film, sale, etc finishes , especially at a planned time, it ends
The course starts in September and finishes in May
The good news is that both verbs are followed by gerund so, you see, here you can not make a mistake.
See how the following sentences are translated
Have a look at these quotes now and pay attention to how these two verbs are being used. Which quote do you like best ? Why?
Source: Collins Cobuild