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My mom was showing me around the city, so that I don't get lost and I know my way around when I'm alone. She kept asking me where we were. We were driving down a narrow street with huge buildings all around. When that street ended, a "T-junction":

Can you tell me where we came out at?

Can you tell me where we ended up at?

What sounds natural "come out" or "end up"?

And can these be used when we are driving down a narrow street with no huge buildings around but a field?

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  • In other words the street we were driving on was too narrow and was flanked by large buildings, and that road led to a wider and larger road.(the narrow street ended)@Michael Harvey Apr 20 '19 at 11:55
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Please note: in AmE, there is a lot of appending "at" at the end of sentences, like so:

  • Tell me where we're at. [very commonly heard, "at" appended at the end]

That at is not necessary because we have:

  • Tell me where we are. [location, literal or figurative]
  • We are at a difficult moment in our lives.
  • We are at the school.

Now, for a T-junction:

  • Tell me where we came out.
  • Did you come out at the right place?

  • Tell me where you ended up.

  • Did you end up at the right place?

The T-junction examples with come out and end up do not require at at the end.

So, depending on how you want your speech to sound (more standard or less standard), watch your "ats". To sound more standard (which for some people means to sound better), only use at for location in statements and do not append it at the end of questions.

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  • So does "come out" sounds natural? Is it common? Apr 21 '19 at 17:05
  • And will you use it for "closed places" only or for open roads as well? Apr 21 '19 at 17:28
  • I have already answered your questions. If something hadn't sounded right, I would have told you. at is used for locations of any kind. [Do you use it, not will you use it]
    – Lambie
    Apr 21 '19 at 17:34
  • So it specifically means "where have we come", right? Apr 21 '19 at 17:58
  • No, come out does not mean come. I suggest you look up the phrasal verbs: to come out and end up.
    – Lambie
    Apr 21 '19 at 18:29

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