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    dont forget to fuel the car, it might stop halfway

    Suppose I want to tell a friend who is using my car to make sure that he re fuel the car so that it won't stop halfway.

    1. Don't forget to fuel (the car) or it might stop/halt/stall halfway.

    Which verb would be natural here? (stop/halt/stall/any other)

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    Re: dont forget to fuel the car, it might stop halfway

    I would use "stop".

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    Re: dont forget to fuel the car, it might stop halfway

    Don't forget to put fuel in the car or you may run out of gas/petrol halfway there.
    Don't forget to fuel up or you may not make more than halfway.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 02-Jun-2014 at 17:12. Reason: tiny typo
    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: dont forget to fuel the car, it might stop halfway

    Is it correct to say "fuel may be exhausted halfway"?

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    Re: dont forget to fuel the car, it might stop halfway

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is it correct to say "fuel may be exhausted halfway"?
    No.

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    Re: dont forget to fuel the car, it might stop halfway

    Is it ungrammatical?

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    Re: dont forget to fuel the car, it might stop halfway

    As far as I know, fuel cannot be exhausted. You would be exhausted if you ran out of gas and had to walk a certain distance carrying a gas can to the nearest gas station and back to the car or if you had to push the car until the gas station.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: dont forget to fuel the car, it might stop halfway

    You might exhaust your supply of bullets or chocolate chip cookies. But you wouldn't say that you have "exhausted your cookies."

    When speaking of a car, there is a literal exhaust, so I would avoid any figurative use. If you said that your fuel was exhausted, I would think that you were blowing gas out of the tail pipe.

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    Re: dont forget to fuel the car, it might stop halfway

    It sounds fine to me. "You've run out of petrol" = "You've exhausted your fuel". I wouldn't say it, but that's the meaning.
    "I've exhausted my resources", "You've exhausted my patience" - I'd say these.

    2. To drain of resources or properties; deplete: tobacco crops that exhausted the soil. See Synonyms at deplete.
    3. To use up completely: exhausted our funds before the month was out.
    5. To draw out the contents of; drain: exhaust a tank gradually.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/exhaust

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    Re: dont forget to fuel the car, it might stop halfway

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It sounds fine to me. "You've run out of petrol" = "You've exhausted your fuel". I wouldn't say it, but that's the meaning.
    "I've exhausted my resources", "You've exhausted my patience" - I'd say these.

    2. To drain of resources or properties; deplete: tobacco crops that exhausted the soil. See Synonyms at deplete.
    3. To use up completely: exhausted our funds before the month was out.
    5. To draw out the contents of; drain: exhaust a tank gradually.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/exhaust
    Note it says "exhaust a tank" not exhaust the gas/petrol.

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