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    #11

    Re: sold out

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    I have no problem with "sold", but confused with some use of "sold out".
    If the bread is sold out, there's none left. The store is now out of bread.
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    #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Usually my language use and Goes are very similar, but "The shop sold out bread" sounds completely wrong to me.

    The shop sold all the bread.
    All the bread in the shop was sold.
    Actually we agree; I just didn't write it clearly. The shop sold out bread is wrong. The shop sold out the bread could be tolerable but I don't like it either.
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    #13

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    For me, "The shop sold out bread" and "The shop sold out the bread" are wrong. To express that there was no bread left for sale in the shop, I would use "The shop [has/had] sold out of bread".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #14

    Re: sold out

    1) The shop has sold out of bread.

    2) The shop is sold out of bread.

    3) I have finished (the job).

    4) I am finished.

    I wonder what would you say of 2) and 4)?

    Many thanks.

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    #15

    Re: sold out

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    1) The shop has sold out of bread. Or: The shop's bread is sold out. The shop has sold all its bread.

    2) The shop is sold out of bread. Or: All the bread at the shop is sold out. All the shop's bread has been sold.

    Your examples are okay, but it's more natural for me to say that the bread is sold out rather than that the shop is sold out.

    3) I have finished (the job). Fine as is.

    4) I am finished. Fine as is.

    I wonder what would you say of 2) and 4)?

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    You're welcome.
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    #16

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    Thank you! The same for me (more natural to say and understand that the bread is sold out rather than the shop)!
    I wonder if it is more British English thing or just a certain way of saying by some people.

    Many thanks.

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    #17

    Re: sold out

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    Thank you! The same for me (more natural to say and understand that the bread is sold out rather than the shop)!
    I wonder if it is more British English thing or just a certain way of saying by some people.

    Many thanks.
    Hm! I wonder, too!
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    #18

    Re: sold out

    In BrE, if you want to use "is", then "The bread is sold out" is natural. If you want to use "has", then "The shop has sold out of bread" is natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #19

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    Just one more thing, please.

    "We are sold out." Quite often seen. And it means that the shop is saying that they are sold out (of the tickets/etc), right?

    Many thanks.

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    #20

    Re: sold out

    In BrE, you're far more likely to see/hear/read "We have sold out" if it's a message by someone working at the place selling the tickets (ie a theatre box office).

    If, however, the star or representative of a show/performance is speaking, they might say "We are sold out" - in that context, "we" refers to the performers/stars/directors/producers of the show. They are indicating that the box office(s) have no more tickets for sale for their specific show.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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