Hello.

I'm a bit confused about "be left" and "remain".

"The story remained unfinished"

"The story is left unfinished"

Also I wonder how to say that I have only one car using "left".

"I got only one car left" or "I got only one car that (is) (I'm not about using "is" here) left" Which one is correct?

And finally I have some doubts about this one "I got the last year of school left"

Thanks a lot for helping!
Here are some examples with "left." "Left" always has the implication of something going away, and something staying.

My friends all left the bar. I remained behind to finish my drink.

Last year Joe had four cars. He sold one, he gave one to his son, and he wrecked one. He has one car left. (remaining)

I am a senior in high school. I have one year left. (remaining)

Schubert died when he was writing his eighth symphony and no one finished it for him. It was left unfinished.

Here is a bit of the dictionary definition:

leave, left, leav·ing.
verb (used with object)
1. to go out of or away from, as a place: to leave the house.
2. to depart from permanently; quit: to leave a job.
3. to let remain or have remaining behind after going, disappearing, ceasing, etc.: I left my wallet home. The wound left a scar.
4. to allow to remain in the same place, condition, etc.: Is there any coffee left?
Thank you! What about my examples? Are they ok?
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OK, except that I would use "have" instead of "got." "got" is very casual.
Thanks.
sorry, one more question: "I got only one car that is left" or we can omit "is"?
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No you can not omit "is".

Ex:

They left the books on the table (active)

The books were left on the table (passive)
Yes, but the meaning is different, and you have to add another phrase. For example:

I have one car left. (I had 4 cars, and now I have one.)

I have one car that left by boat to China. (One of my cars is on its way to China by boat.)
okay, thank you!
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