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Is it wrong to say "am done or finished something" and "am done marking..."? Options
robjen
Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 1:34:51 AM
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I'm sure to correct to say:

(1a) I have finished my homework.
(2a) I have done my homework.
(3a) I have finished marking your homework.



I've heard some people say the following sentences.

(1b) I am finished my homework.
(2b) I am done my homework.
(3b) I am done marking your homework.



I think all the b's are grammatically wrong. Most of my non-native English speaking friends agree with me.

Do you think the b's are wrong? Thanks a lot.

rroselavy
Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 2:59:06 AM

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"Done" is more colloquial, but it's definitely used in AE. However, you need to add "with" before the noun in 1b and 2b: "I'm finished with..." and "I'm done with..."
Romany
Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 5:41:32 AM
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I think you'll find, Robjen, that AE uses 'done with' while others used 'finished with'.

(This is another word, like "Fall" for Autumn, which was used until Early Modern English. It then changed in UK itself, but continued to be used in the USA.)
towan52
Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 8:22:43 AM

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One of my Texas-born wife's pet peeves is the use of the word done. She's known to correct the grand-kids with "A cake is done but your work is finished." While undoubtedly not a complete explanation (it's English after all), Done can replaced with "completed" and finished with "ended" ... but then again ... "I done eat the cake before I done my homework!"

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NKM
Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 7:54:25 PM

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I think most of us use "done with", "finished with" and "through with" more or less interchangeably.

And in my house the cake is likely to be finished soon after it's done.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 5:21:19 AM

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As Shakespeare said in the Scottish play
- "If 'twere done when 'tis done, then 'twere best 'twere done quickly."

Basically - "If the whole situation would be completely finished when this one action was finished, then it would be better if it was done quickly."

(If the country would settle down when I kill the king, then I should kill him soon.)


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