End up + verb + ing

Verb tenses to use when discussing pivotal decisions and how things ended up

Natives use multiple tenses when telling a story about the past. We’re going to teach a structure from our upcoming grammar course that will make you sound like a native! It’s perfect to use at work for both informal and formal conversations!

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#1: Start with past simple tense – actions completed in the past

#2: Add detail with past continuous tense

#3: FInish up with the native, natural grammar form ‘end up + verb-ing’. This explains the conclusion or final action of the story.

I ended up moving back to Arizona because it was super difficult to live in the city with little kids!

Instances When You Might Use This

As you are trying to get accustomed to using this in conversation, you may want to think of times when you may use this aspect of conversation.

If you can think through examples such as these, then you can certainly start to customize them to your own life.

We’ll look at a couple of examples here so that you can get a feel for this.

Then it’s up to you to see how this may fit into your life and seek out experiences or conversations that this may work.

The first instance is if Lindsay is telling somebody what she studied in school using all three of these concepts from above.

She could say any of the three and they would work out well.

  • I studied…
  • While I was studying, I…
  • I ended up….

As you can see these work well for any of these sentences, and so it helps you to tell the story.

This aspect of conversation can be really useful at work or in a professional setting.

You will find instances where you can use them to reiterate things, help others to gain insight, or help you to have a solid conversation with coworkers or colleagues.

Consider how this may work for example in reviewing what was discussed in a meeting, as this is likely to come up often.

  • Today we discussed the new project.
  • While looking at the marketing plan, we decided to focus on social media.
  • (ended up) We ended up assigning social media platforms to team members.

You could also use this to make small talk with coworkers.

Though you might not see that as a necessity in a professional setting, it comes up often and it’s important to be able to have these types of conversations.

  • I went to the movies this weekend.
  • During the movie, the people behind me kept talking so loudly!
  • I ended up asking them to stop chatting. It was really awkward!

So these are just a few of the more common situations that you may use this important conversational skills.

Try to come up with some instances in your own personal or professional life where you can try them out.

You may find that this comes up more often than you think, and therefore it can be helpful to practice with and gain confidence in.

Roleplay To Help

In this roleplay, Lindsay and Aubrey are enjoying some small talk together before their meeting.

Lindsay: “Do anything fun last night?”

Aubrey: Yes! We checked out a new restaurant that just opened up near our house.”

Lindsay: “Did you like it?”

Aubrey: “It was delicious. Italian place with Chicago-style pizza.”

Lindsay: “That sounds amazing. Do you prefer Chicago or NYC style pizza?”

Aubrey: “Definitely Chicago- that deep dish pizza is so good. While we were eating, we were chatting about that and realized we almost never eat it though. It’s very heavy and takes longer to cook, but sooo good! What about you? Chicago or New York pizza?”

Lindsay: (answer) “Would you eat there again?”

Aubrey: “Definitely! We ended up eating way more than we should’ve. I was stuffed!”

Lindsay: “That happens to me sometimes when I want to order dessert but I end up being way too full.”

Takeaway

Natives always use multiple tenses when telling a story, so you need to be ready to be flexible with your verb tenses.

This may take some getting used to, but once you practice and master it you can talk like a native.

Using ‘end up’ + verb-ing takes your grammar structure to another level, and really helps your overall conversation skills.

Use it at work for both informal and formal conversations because it works well in either and gives you great practice.

This is a really important concept and can really help you with your English speaking moving forward.

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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End up + verb + ing

Verb tenses to use when discussing pivotal decisions and how things ended up

Natives use multiple tenses when telling a story about the past. We’re going to teach a structure from our upcoming grammar course that will make you sound like a native! It’s perfect to use at work for both informal and formal conversations!

allearsenglish.com/bizgrammar

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#1: Start with past simple tense – actions completed in the past

#2: Add detail with past continuous tense

#3: FInish up with the native, natural grammar form ‘end up + verb-ing’. This explains the conclusion or final action of the story.

I ended up moving back to Arizona because it was super difficult to live in the city with little kids!

Instances When You Might Use This

As you are trying to get accustomed to using this in conversation, you may want to think of times when you may use this aspect of conversation.

If you can think through examples such as these, then you can certainly start to customize them to your own life.

We’ll look at a couple of examples here so that you can get a feel for this.

Then it’s up to you to see how this may fit into your life and seek out experiences or conversations that this may work.

The first instance is if Lindsay is telling somebody what she studied in school using all three of these concepts from above.

She could say any of the three and they would work out well.

  • I studied…
  • While I was studying, I…
  • I ended up….

As you can see these work well for any of these sentences, and so it helps you to tell the story.

This aspect of conversation can be really useful at work or in a professional setting.

You will find instances where you can use them to reiterate things, help others to gain insight, or help you to have a solid conversation with coworkers or colleagues.

Consider how this may work for example in reviewing what was discussed in a meeting, as this is likely to come up often.

  • Today we discussed the new project.
  • While looking at the marketing plan, we decided to focus on social media.
  • (ended up) We ended up assigning social media platforms to team members.

You could also use this to make small talk with coworkers.

Though you might not see that as a necessity in a professional setting, it comes up often and it’s important to be able to have these types of conversations.

  • I went to the movies this weekend.
  • During the movie, the people behind me kept talking so loudly!
  • I ended up asking them to stop chatting. It was really awkward!

So these are just a few of the more common situations that you may use this important conversational skills.

Try to come up with some instances in your own personal or professional life where you can try them out.

You may find that this comes up more often than you think, and therefore it can be helpful to practice with and gain confidence in.

Roleplay To Help

In this roleplay, Lindsay and Aubrey are enjoying some small talk together before their meeting.

Lindsay: “Do anything fun last night?”

Aubrey: Yes! We checked out a new restaurant that just opened up near our house.”

Lindsay: “Did you like it?”

Aubrey: “It was delicious. Italian place with Chicago-style pizza.”

Lindsay: “That sounds amazing. Do you prefer Chicago or NYC style pizza?”

Aubrey: “Definitely Chicago- that deep dish pizza is so good. While we were eating, we were chatting about that and realized we almost never eat it though. It’s very heavy and takes longer to cook, but sooo good! What about you? Chicago or New York pizza?”

Lindsay: (answer) “Would you eat there again?”

Aubrey: “Definitely! We ended up eating way more than we should’ve. I was stuffed!”

Lindsay: “That happens to me sometimes when I want to order dessert but I end up being way too full.”

Takeaway

Natives always use multiple tenses when telling a story, so you need to be ready to be flexible with your verb tenses.

This may take some getting used to, but once you practice and master it you can talk like a native.

Using ‘end up’ + verb-ing takes your grammar structure to another level, and really helps your overall conversation skills.

Use it at work for both informal and formal conversations because it works well in either and gives you great practice.

This is a really important concept and can really help you with your English speaking moving forward.

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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