I can feel what kind of meaning this sentence has, but I guess I need more specific explanation, I would be appreciate it if you could help me

You might as well end right now if that’s your poor little goal

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    Why does this question have to downvotes? I don't get it....if someone is learning English, he or she might not be able to tell that it is agrammatical. – Lambie Nov 1 '16 at 16:53
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    @Lambie - When I hover over the downvote button, I see an tooltip that reads, "This question does not show any research." I think it's a fair question, but, unfortunately, in its current state, it's worthy of a couple downvotes, too. The OP ought to at least provide more Details, please. – J.R. Nov 1 '16 at 18:30
  • Sorry, but we often have questions without any "research" and it doesn't seem to bother people. – Lambie Nov 1 '16 at 23:13
  • @Lambie - I agree that voting is not always consistent, but I wouldn't hold up other poorly-research questions as good examples. – J.R. Nov 2 '16 at 4:56

Well, that's not very nice. But in any case, the sentence is missing a pronoun. End what? Usually we would at the very least say something like:

You might as well end it right now.

meaning either "give up" or, more extreme, "kill yourself".

As I said, not very nice.

Edit: The sentence as written is the transitive use of the verb "to end", which implies someone (or something) ends something else:

I am ending this interview right now!

Let us end this meeting on a positive note.

With the transitive use, a direct object is required, even if just the vague pronoun "it". Also (as cbh notes in the comment below), a nasty suggestion like "You should end it all!" is still transitive, where "it" means "your life".

More on transitive and intransitive verbs

  • Thanks Andrew, based on my searches there's no need for a pronoun for such a sentence, like: "The world may as well end right now" "My life might as well end right now" ... actually I think "kill yourself" make more sense to me in this phrase – Nima Nov 1 '16 at 15:14
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    @Nima there are different ways the verb "to end" can be used. There's the intransitive, where something ends and the transitive, where someone ends something. If there is a subject (e.g. "you") and the sentence implies something else ends, then it's the transitive use, and a direct object is required. More on transitive/intransitive verbs – Andrew Nov 1 '16 at 15:25
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    @Nima Although end can sometimes be intransitive, that usage doesn't make sense if the subject is a person. When used with the meaning of "kill yourself," the usual phrase is "end it" (with "it" implied to mean "your life"). – cbh Nov 1 '16 at 15:26
  • @Andrew I forgot to mention that I just did copy/paste this sentence, so I didn't write it on my own, it's actually by A.J.Hoge in one of his lessons – Nima Nov 1 '16 at 15:30
  • @Nima thank goodness, although it's not unusual to see mean little comments like that on internet forums. – Andrew Nov 1 '16 at 15:31

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