At the end of the day (FOCUS EXPRESSIONS)

at the end of the day‘ can be used literally, meaning the time of day, but is also an informal phrase that means:  when everything is taken into consideration.  

*It contains the most common 5 part N-gram in English: ‘at the end of the’

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English Grammar Profile C1 Point 8 in the category of FOCUS is defined as:

fixed expressions in the front position for focus.

Within the EGP examples,  + we have added the COCA frequency.

. At the end of the day , 1092

. All in all , 1058

. All things considered , 130

. When you think about it , 124

. When it comes down to it , 69


adverbial phrases to make comments.

The GSE additions in COCA show that these are extremely rare which would suggest the level would be more like C2:

Practically speaking … (93)
At the end of the day… (in EGP)
Taking the long view… (11)  = consider what is likely to happen in the future over a long period



Practically speaking, these laws drive HIV underground.

Taking the long viewwe simply can not afford to leave China forever outside the family of nations.
At the end of the day, we play cricket, and other things are much more important.

PELIC student examples:


All in all, I have a very busy plan for the weekend.

Chinese Female


All things considered, I will choose the Sony VAIO notebook.

Korean Female level 3 writing class


All things considered, living in a small town and living in a big city

both are [are both] great choice[s] depend[ing] on [your] personal situation and value[s].

Taiwanese Female level 5 writing class


When you think about it, it makes sense.

Spanish Female level 5 writing class

At the end of the day, I was no longer feeling bad.

Turkish Female level 4 grammar class.

*However, this last example seemed to be used as a time phrase.  It may also be the most frequent in the COCA corpus for the same dual uses.

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