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  1. zoobinshid's Avatar
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    #1

    Exclamation Time is up & Time is over!!!

    Hello everybody,
    Would you please tell me the difference between these two sentences?
    1)Time is up
    2)Time is over

    Thanks in advance,

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    #2

    Re: Time is up & Time is over!!!

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    To me, only the first sentence is natural; otherwise, they mean the same.
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    Re: Time is up & Time is over!!!

    "Time is up" usually means that there is a time limit in doing something, say and hour, and when that time period has elapsed -- at the end of the hour -- "time is up" -- no more can be done.
    Example:

    "I was taking a test and in the middle of writing the proctor said time is up and I had to turn my paper upside down."

    "The time is over" usually means that the opportunity to do something has passes, i.e. you missed your chance.
    Example:

    "The time is over to redeem that coupon."

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