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    Verb "exhaust"

    Would you please correct my mistakes in the following sentences? I have tried to use the verb "exhaust" in them, but I do not know if they sound natural.

    1. After more than 30 years of marriage, Anna felt her husband and she have exhausted almost all subjects of conversation.
    2. When the visitors exhausted all conversation, a long silence fell over the room.
    3. When Sabina and her neighbours exhausted the latests gossips, they returned to their respective houses to take care of their families.

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    Re: Verb "exhaust"

    The use of "exhausted" is OK in all 3.

    In sentence #1, I would say "Anna felt that she and her husband had ...".
    In sentence #2, I would say "When/Once the visitors had exhausted ...".
    In sentence #3, I would use "... and her neighbours had exhausted ...". Also, use "gossip". We don't use the plural. It's an uncountable noun.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Verb "exhaust"

    Of course emsr2d2 is correct in that, in this usage, gossip is uncountable.

    In AE, we refer to a person who is known to spread this kind of talk as a gossip. "Don't listen to what he says, he's the town gossip!" In that usage, gossip would be countable.

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