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    Smile these are not a public use.

    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?

    A: ⓐHave you done using this knife and chopping-board?
    ⓑHave you finished using this knife and chopping-board?


    B: ⓐYes, butů these are not a public use.
    ⓑYes, butů these are not a common use.
    These are all mine.


    A: Oh, sorry, I thought the landlord provided one.


    B: No, he just provided use the oven and pots.


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    Re: these are not a public use.

    A: ⓐHave Are you done using this knife and chopping-board?
    ⓑHave you finished using this knife and chopping-board?


    B: ⓐYes, but you are not supposed to use them.
    These are all mine.


    A: Oh, sorry, I thought the landlord provided one.


    B: No, he just provided use the oven and pots. let you use the oven and the pots.


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    Re: these are not a public use.

    Thanks for your help

    Sorry but I have one more question.

    "Yes, but you are not supposed to use them." -> This sentence,,, it sounds like way too strong.. I want to say in a soft way.. and I want to let her know that things are not for public..

    Would you let me know how can I say using "public" this word?

    How to call things that anybody can use. For instance, oven and pots that the landlord gave us.
    Can I say " those things are pubilc-use, so you can use if you like"


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    Re: these are not a public use.

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Thanks for your help

    Sorry but I have one more question.

    "Yes, but you are not supposed to use them." -> This sentence,,, it sounds like way too strong.. I want to say in a soft way.. and I want to let her know that things are not for public..

    Would you let me know how can I say using "public" this word?

    How to call things that anybody can use. For instance, oven and pots that the landlord gave us.
    Can I say " those things are pubilc-use, so you can use if you like"
    Those things are (not) for public use.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...3969&dict=CALD

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    Re: these are not a public use.

    Incidentally, 'Have you done...?' is OK in Br English- in fact, if the context is clear enough (say I have loaded the dishwasher and put the tablet in, and I'm obviously waiting for the chopping board) 'Have you done [with that]?' (with no other verb) is fine too.

    'Are you done?' is something I associate with US TV shows: 'If you've no other evidence, we're done here'. "Are you done...' is used in Br English, but 'Have you done...?' is just as common, if not more so.

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    Smile Re: these are not a public use.

    Many thanks for your useful comment

    I was wondering all the time... "Are you done" -> this sentence..
    Can I say...??

    On the phone.
    A: Hey, are you guys done eatting?
    Hey, have you guys done eatting?
    Hey, have you guys finished eatting?
    B: Not yet but we are almost finished. (or done)

    Which one is correct? Can I say all of them... I really wanted to know this.. because I use a lot but not sure I'm saying correctly or not.
    Please help me~~~~~*

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    Re: these are not a public use.

    They're all OK in British English; I think not in American English.

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