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    wear out vs. be worn out

    For example,

    1) My shoes wore out. My shoes have been worn out.

    Are they both correct? If so, what is the difference and which one is more common?

    2) My patience began to wear out. My patience began to be worn out.

    Are they both correct? If so, what is the difference and which one is more common?

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    Re: wear out vs. be worn out

    Quote Originally Posted by jokaec1 View Post
    My shoes wore out.
    My shoes wore out after almost three years of daily use.

    Quote Originally Posted by jokaec1 View Post
    My shoes have been worn out.
    Unnatural.
    Consider saying: "My shoes are worn out."

    Quote Originally Posted by jokaec1 View Post
    My patience began to wear out.
    My patience began to wear out after they continued to ignore my complaints.

    Quote Originally Posted by jokaec1 View Post
    My patience began to be worn out.
    Unnatural.

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    Re: wear out vs. be worn out

    I think "have been worn out" and "to be worn out" are not only unnatural but are wrong.
    Wearing out is a natural process. Both phrases imply something or somebody caused the wearing out, which does not make sense.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: wear out vs. be worn out

    That is incorrect, Ted.

    "Have been worn out" and "to be worn out" are just fine in the right context.

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    Re: wear out vs. be worn out

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    That is incorrect, Ted.

    "Have been worn out" and "to be worn out" are just fine in the right context.
    The contexts have been given by OP.
    Could you give examples of context where the phrases can be used?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: wear out vs. be worn out

    'My shoes have been worn out for a long time, but I am still unwilling to throw them away.'
    'My patience is going to be worn out by your annoying questions.'

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Jul-2015 at 10:48. Reason: Changing 'it' to 'them'.

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    Re: wear out vs. be worn out

    In BrE, we generally say "My patience is/was wearing thin".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: wear out vs. be worn out

    Isn't that the same as "waste" or "use"?

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    #9

    Re: wear out vs. be worn out

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I think "have been worn out" and "to be worn out" are not only unnatural but are wrong.
    Wearing out is a natural process. Both phrases imply something or somebody caused the wearing out, which does not make sense.
    I think 'worn out' could be used as an adjective and 'wearing out' could have a cause, so both phrases could be right, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: wear out vs. be worn out

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    Isn't that the same as "waste" or "use"?
    No.

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