Word usage question, any help appreciated

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I would like to ____ by inviting questions from the audience. (end - stop) fill the blank with one of the two words In my opinion, the "stop" is more appropriate because nothing like "presentation" or "seminar" or "talk" or anything of that sort is mentioned... The human being stops speaking, he doesn't end speaking.Thanks in advance.

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You need to look at the context here.  One does not have to mention the word presentation to talk about it.  The audience can infer the meaning.  The sentence also doesn't use the word "speaking," so why would you assume that is the word to tie end or stop to? In fact, the person is not going to stop speaking.  He has invited questions, so we have to assume he will continue speaking to answer the questions. 

 

He is announcing the end (of his presentation or speech) and inviting questions from the audience. 

link comment answered Jan 18 at 01:17 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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