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"Ultimately" is an adverb which is often translated as "en última instancia", and "at last" is a phrase which is often translated as "por fin". Learn more about the difference between "ultimately" and "at last" below.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in the end)
a. en última instancia
Ultimately, it will be their decision.Será, en última instancia, decisión de ellos.
2. (in the long run)
a. a la larga
Ultimately, their objective was to privatize all state-owned companies.Su objectivo, a la larga, era de privatizar todas las empresas de propiedad estatal.
3. (essentially)
a. básicamente
The way you do it is ultimately a matter of personal preference.La forma en que lo haces es básicamente cuestión de preferencia personal.
b. en última instancia
What matters, ultimately, is that we deliver the project on schedule.Lo que importa, en última instancia, es que entreguemos el proyecto dentro del plazo previsto.
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at last(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (finally)
a. por fin
After driving for 10 hours without stopping, we arrived to Texas at last.Después de manejar por 10 horas sin parar, por fin llegamos a Texas.
b. finalmente
And, at last, we will be able to hear from our president.Y, finalmente, podremos escuchar a nuestro presidente.
c. al fin
My kids are all at school, and at last there is peace in my house.Mis hijos están en la escuela, y al fin hay paz en mi casa.
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