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    when was done

    "When the surgeon was done operating, the police came to take him into custody."
    Would it be grammatically correct?
    Last edited by ostap77; 01-Sep-2011 at 10:35.

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    Re: when was done

    Yes. "operating" is an adverbial participle. Choice of tense in the sentence is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afit View Post
    Yes. "operating" is an adverbial participle. Choice of tense in the sentence is fine.
    I could have said "When I was done talking on the phone, they came over for dinner.'' and it would have been correst, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I could have said "When I was done talking on the phone, they came over for dinner.'' and it would have been correst, right?
    No offence, but I can't see the logical cohesion between the previous part of this thread and this question. Nevertheless,

    When I was done talking on the phone, they came over for dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afit View Post
    No offence, but I can't see the logical cohesion between the previous part of this thread and this question. Nevertheless,

    When I was done talking on the phone, they came over for dinner.

    is .
    No hard feelings taken. The thing is that I took a writing test and used the sentence from post # 1.My Ukrainian teacher checked it off as incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    No hard feelings taken. The thing is that I took a writing test and used the sentence from post # 1.My Ukrainian teacher checked it off as incorrect.
    It's non standard English (chiefly American). In a classroom situation you should use "had finished" not "was done"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's non standard English (chiefly American). In a classroom situation you should use "had finished" not "was done"
    Does "nonstandardness" refer to the use of "to be done doing something" in the past?
    How about President of the United States using it in one of his speeches "We are done fighting in Iraq"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's non standard English (chiefly American). In a classroom situation you should use "had finished" not "was done"
    I hear this construction from educated native individuals. If they can afford to use their own mother tongue like this, why can't we, non-native students?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Does "nonstandardness" refer to the use of "to be done doing something" in the past?
    How about President of the United States using it in one of his speeches "We are done fighting in Iraq"?
    No."to be done" to mean "to be finished" is no go in formal English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afit View Post
    No."to be done" to mean "to be finished" is no go in formal English.
    " The formal change in mission doesn't mean the 50,000 U.S. soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen in Iraq are done fighting insurgents of one stripe or another."

    Would this be informal English?

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