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When you are finished doing something, you can say which of the following:
a. "I am done"
b. "I have finished"
c. "I have done"
I believe it is only (a & b) but I want to doule check because some student of mine said "c" and I told him it was incorrect but he insisted that his native speaker teacher from New York taught him that. I doubt that the student did not understood what his teacher taught him.
Can any one comment on this?
I would choose a.
On the other hand, some say "I am done my homework" and it sounds fine to native speakers.
Both can stand alone, and both can be followed by "with my X."
Also, both may be followed by a gerund: "I am done/have finished mowing the lawn."
I agree with Pers. about "I am done x." (That is, "I am done my X." - omit the "with.")
In modern English, I believe c. must have an object.
I have done everything.
I have done my homework.
I've done nothing to make you treat me this way.
We'd normally omit the with, but sometimes it works.
I have done with this person! (old fashioned)
Everything I have done to/with this program has been a complete failure!
MrPernicketyI think b and c don't work because they require an object - done/finished what ?
If you're looking for a slight difference, this may work:
I am done - focus is on me. I'm ready for another task or I don't have to keep sitting at this desk any longer.
I have finished - focus is on the task. The task is in a state of completion.
It sounds natural to some native speakers - your honor, for the record I stand corrected )))
(It is fine by Avangi, as his testimony in this thread indicates )) )
Do the examples in #1 sound odd to you?
be done doing (something) => be finished doing (something)
To me, these can be used in the sense that the doing of something is complete or at an end, and to me the following sentences would be common usage:
- I'm done arguing about it.
- When the kids are done playing, everything folds up for convenient storage.
- I'm finally done cleaning up the mess he made.
I grew up in New Jersey -- about 15 or 20 miles from Philadelphia. Judging by what you and the people in the following forum threads have said, it seems that saying something such as "I'm done my homework" is something that is not used everywhere.
2. (apparently a limited usage)
be done something => be finished something
I've heard people (myself included) use "be done something" -- i.e. without the word "with" added. My feeling is that "be done something" might mainly be used to talk about some sort of work that had been completed. To me, this also seems more informal/colloquial than "be done/finished doing", however the grammar really isn't all that different from #1. After the word "done", number 1 uses a gerund. Number 2 uses a noun rather than a gerund.
- I'm done my homework. Can I watch TV now?
(I am finished doing my homework. / I have completed my homework.)
- I'm done the dishes.
(I am finished doing the dishes.)
The sentence "I'm done my homework" sounds completely natural to me -- not the least little bit unusual.
YankeeThe sentence "I'm done my homework" sounds completely natural to me -- not the least little bit unusual.Yikes!
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