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    Sold out

    1. I tried to buy a ticket, but they all have been sold.

    2. I tried to buy a ticket, but they all have been sold out.

    3. I tried to buy a ticket, but they were sold.

    4. I tried to buy a ticket, but they were sold out.

    5. I tried to buy a ticket, but they all have sold out.


    Are all the sentences correct, please?
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Sold out

    Probably most common is #4. (All would be understood.) Another possibility:

    I tried to buy a ticket, but none were available.


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    Re: Sold out

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Probably most common is #4. (All would be understood.) Another possibility:

    I tried to buy a ticket, but none were available.

    Thanks.

    Can the sentences below be equally said?


    They all have been sold.
    They all have been sold out.
    They all have sold out.

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    Re: Sold out

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    Thanks.

    Can the sentences below be equally said?


    They all have been sold.
    They all have been sold out.
    They all have sold out.
    Yes, in the sense that they would be understood. (Are we making a list?) However, "equally said" appears to be a brand new construction. Finally, most common would be something like: "There are no more tickets. They were sold out."


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    Re: Sold out

    If you're talking about a ticket to a concert/gig, I would accept "I tried to buy a ticket but the gig/concert is sold out". However, if it were something like a travel ticket (airline, ferry etc), I would say "I tried to buy a ticket but they had all gone" or "I tried to buy a ticket but there were none available".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Sold out

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you're talking about a ticket to a concert/gig, I would accept "I tried to buy a ticket but the gig/concert is sold out". However, if it were something like a travel ticket (airline, ferry etc), I would say "I tried to buy a ticket but they had all gone" or "I tried to buy a ticket but there were none available".
    Thank you, actually I am more than fine with that.
    I am not quite comfortable with the sentence I came across with in the test ( which was number 5 in my original post) :



    5. I tried to buy a ticket, but they all have sold out.

    Who are THEY here?

    A concert/ gig/ shop/ airline etc OR tickets???

    As I see it, when we have

    a) they HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT
    then THEY are the tickets

    But in

    b) they HAVE SOLD OUT
    what are THEY???

    NOT tickets?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Sold out

    I don't have as much problem as you do with the original.

    I tried to buy a ticket but they had all sold out = I tried to buy a ticket but the tickets had all sold out.

    However, I see "sold out" as an adjective which is why I prefer to use something like "... is sold out". It explains that "the concert is a sell-out".

    "They have been sold out" (as a standalone sentence) is ungrammatical, even though I can see how it helps you to understand that "they" means "the tickets". You can say "I wanted to get a Rolling Stones ticket, but they have been sold out for months". In that context, you can make an argument for "they" meaning either "the Rolling Stones" or "the tickets".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Sold out

    irinaofr, keep in mind how important context is. If somebody is talking about buying tickets for something and uses the phrase "sold out" then people will understand what he/she is saying without needing to hear every word.


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