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    #1

    finished or not?

    Would the following sentence be correct, when uttered by a waiter in a restaurant?

    - Are you all finished?

    Why nog use 'to have' instead?

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    #2

    Re: finished or not?

    A waiter may say any of these:
    Have you finished?
    Are you finished?
    May I take these?
    Still working on that?
    May I clear this for you?

    In the UK, "have you finished" may be more likely than "are you finished" but I seem to be wrong whenever I try to say things like this.
    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: finished or not?

    Barb, this time you're right!

    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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