I would like to know why the article "an" is used in the title:

An End, Once and for All
(a song title off a video game soundtrack)

However, The Beatles have a song called The End.

And is there a rule or it depends on the creators?

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    Generally speaking, there are no rules when it comes to song and book titles.
    – J.R.
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 11:04
  • @J.R., I don't understand the topic of articles :) Thank you for your comment-answer.
    – user48920
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 11:11

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These two phrases mean two different things.

"An End, Once and For All" implies that this is an open-ended ending.

If this is from the Mass Effect 3 soundtrack as a simple Google search shows, it's probably pretty obvious to you that there were multiple endings and plot holes, ergo, the open-ended-ness of the song title.

"The End" implies nothing and lets us know quite firmly that this is the end.

It was a song that not marked the end of the medley, but also the last song recorded by the four Beatles collectively, and thus, appropriately enough, the end.

So it's important to note that context means (almost) everything, not only grammar.

  • These are two possible interpretations, but by no means the only possible interpretations.
    – J.R.
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 11:50
  • @J.R. Not even within their original context as cited? Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 11:59
  • "The End" is just the name of a song. The Beatles may have put it at the end of their album for poetic effect, but it could well have been the first song they recorded for that album, used as the third song on Side A of that record. (Besides, another whole album – Let It Be – came out after Abbey Road, so it's not like this song "quite firmly" marked the end of the Beatles as a music group.) Overall, I think your answer is misleading from a grammatical perspective. Also, "An End, Once and for All" has nice oxymoronic overtones, which perhaps deserved a mention from an English perspective.
    – J.R.
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 16:00
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    It turns out that "An end" - the end of a relative, one of the possible, 'deviated. And "The end" - the end of an epic scale, end of an era (for example, the collapse of a great group). Correctly?
    – user48920
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 17:57
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    @Other - Flesh that out into an answer and there's a good chance I'd upvote it. I think that touches on the crux of the difference.
    – J.R.
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 18:42

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