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    #1

    I'm done?!

    Is it ok to use the expression "I'm done" meaning to finish doing smth like in:


    Are you done washing your hands?

    Thank you in advance!

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    #2

    Re: I'm done?!

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    Is it ok OK to use the expression "I'm done" meaning "to finish doing smth something", like as in:


    Are you done washing your hands?

    Thank you in advance!
    It's more prevalent in AmE than in BrE and I wouldn't use it in a formal situation or in any kind of exam, but colloquially it's fine.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: I'm done?!

    I've heard it but with word with: "Are you done with washing hands" (It sounds odd probably) "Are you done with your homework" (that's better).
    What do you think, ems?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #4

    Re: I'm done?!

    Thank you for your answer and for correcting my mistakes as well. I really appreciate it!

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    #5

    Re: I'm done?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I've heard it but with the word "with": "Are you done with washing hands?" (It sounds odd probably) "Are you done with your homework?" (that's better).
    "Are you done with your homework?" is fine.
    "Are you done with washing your hands?" is OK but the "with" is unnecessary.

    I would expect to hear either "with" or the verb+ing.

    Are you done doing your homework?
    Are you done with your homework?

    In BrE, I would use "Have you finished your homework [yet]?" and "Have you finished washing your hands yet?" (or "Have you washed your hands yet?" which has a slightly different meaning.)

    Bear in mind that "to be done with something/someone" can mean "I have had enough of it/you and will have nothing to do with it/you from now on".

    My boyfriend had three affairs last year. I'm done with him. I'm going to find myself a decent bloke.
    My boss just yelled at me again so I shouted "I'm done with you and I'm done with this stupid job". Then I cleared my desk and went to find a better job.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: I'm done?!

    In AusE, 'finished' is still preferred, but the American 'done' is gaining some usage.

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    #7

    Re: I'm done?!

    There is a very strange linguistic anomaly in the Philadelphia area. They omit the "with." I'm done my homework. I'm done the dishes.

    I find it weird and am horrified that my children have picked it up despite my pointing it out numerous times.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I'm done?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There is a very strange linguistic anomaly in the Philadelphia area. They omit the "with." I'm done my homework. I'm done the dishes.

    I find it weird and am horrified that my children have picked it up despite my pointing it out numerous times.
    That is similar to the (evidently Ohio-based regionalism) "the car needs washed", "the room needs cleaned", the dishes need washed".

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    #9

    Re: I'm done?!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That is similar to the (evidently Ohio-based regionalism) "the car needs washed", "the room needs cleaned", the dishes need washed".
    That's western PA, too.

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    #10

    Re: I'm done?!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That is similar to the (evidently Ohio-based regionalism) "the car needs washed", "the room needs cleaned", the dishes need washed".
    Oh, I thought it's natural.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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