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    sold out

    1) The shop sold out bread.
    2) The shop sold out of bread.
    3) The shop is sold out of bread.

    Is 1) and 2) past tense and have the same meaning?

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    #2

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    Sentences 1 and 2 use the simple past. Sentence 1 is incorrect because the of is necessary.
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    #3

    Re: sold out

    I once was told by a native speaker on BBC Learing English this:

    "The shop sold out (of) the item.

    I confirm that this can be said with or without 'of'. " Her nick was Hattie (Rover might remember).

    I don't know if she was from US, UK or Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    I once was told by a native speaker on BBC Learing English this:

    "The shop sold out (of) the item.

    I confirm that this can be said with or without 'of'. " Her nick was Hattie (Rover might remember).

    I don't know if she was from US, UK or Australia.
    You can say The shop sold out the bread. It's wrong without the definite article after "out".
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    #5

    Re: sold out

    1) The shop sold out of bread.
    2) The shop sold out of the bread.
    3) The shop sold out the bread.

    1) and 2) can be said with or without "the", but 3) only with "the"?

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    #6

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    I don't like #3 much with or without the, but it's just acceptable with it.
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    #7

    Re: sold out

    They all mean the same thing. Number 3 is best. In the US, we might say:

    - The shop's bread is sold out.
    - The shop is out of bread.
    - The shop sold out its bread.
    - The shop has sold out of bread.
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