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    Question 'no space in my paper'?

    Hi,
    What is the most usual way of saying this in English? When you're writing something on your paper and you have no more space (?!)

    Any other way of saying this, say, like 'I've finished my paper ...?



    So many thanks.

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    Default Re: 'no space in my paper'?

    You could say

    'I've run out of paper.

    or

    I've run out of space.

    Run out is a phrasal verb meaning to use up all that is available of something.

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    Default Re: 'no space in my paper'?

    Quote Originally Posted by bwkcaj_ca View Post
    You could say

    'I've run out of paper.

    or

    I've run out of space.

    Run out is a phrasal verb meaning to use up all that is available of something.
    Thanks a lot. So can I also say 'there's no space (left) in/(on) my paper'?


    Cheers!

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    Default Re: 'no space in my paper'?

    - but with 'on' rather than 'in'.And the 'of paper' is unnecessary - it's obvious from the context.
    Quote Originally Posted by bwkcaj_ca View Post
    You could say

    'I've run out of paper.

    or

    I've run out of space.

    Run out is a phrasal verb meaning to use up all that is available of something.
    These two are the ones I've heard most often. I've also heard a jocular 'I've run out of page'. Page doesn't collocate with 'run out of', but this is the sort of liberty that a native speaker can get away with.

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    Last edited by BobK; 07-Jun-2011 at 12:30. Reason: Added 2nd sent.

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    Default Re: 'no space in my paper'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'I've run out of paper. .....or.....I've run out of space.

    These two are the ones I've heard most often. I've also heard a jocular 'I've run out of page'.
    You are right, of course, but I just couldn't think of them . Thanks.

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    Default Re: 'no space in my paper'?

    Or express it differently- I need more paper.

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    Default Re: 'no space in my paper'?

    Whatever you do, don't use just 'finished'. If an academic says 'I've finished my paper' s/he has finished writing an article. If a student in an exam room says 'I've finished my paper' s/he means s/he's finished the exam paper.... 'Finished' needs to be qualified in some way to make it mean 'come to the end of an exhaustible supply'.

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