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    At Last

    I just wonder whether ' at last' is one of the adverbs of time in the past.
    And is this sentence correct? : Here is my report, I found it at last. and what about ' I'm so glad to meet you at last. advise me please


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    "at last" means "finally; after a long wait; after a long search."

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    Re: At Last

    Quote Originally Posted by gabber View Post
    "at last" means "finally; after a long wait; after a long search."
    And when we've to choose the best choice like this one, what shall we do?
    : Here's my report, I............................. it at last.
    a) finish b) finished c) have finished d) have been finishing Explain please
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    Re: At Last

    "Here's my report. I'm finished with it at last."

    at last or at long last : after a delay or long period of time ▪ She was at last [=finally] reunited with her sister. ▪ We're finished at last. ▪ “We're finished.” “At last!” ▪ It appears that this problem will soon be solved, at long last.

    at (long) last after much delay, effort, etc.; in the end finally: At last we’re home! At long last the cheque arrived.


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    Re: At Last

    And when we've to choose the best choice like this one, what shall we do?
    : Here's my report, I............................. it at last.
    a) finish b) finished c) have finished d) have been finishing Explain please
    Both b) and c) are grammatically correct and could be used quite naturally. It's just like gabber said...

    Here's my report; I finished it at last. / I finally finished it.
    Here's my report; I have finished it at last. / I have finally finished it.


    There's absolutely nothing wrong with using present perfect here. It's an action that was completed in the past, the impact, effect or influence of which is felt or is significant at the moment of speaking. No problem.

    Greg

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    Re: At Last

    Quote Originally Posted by dragn View Post
    Both b) and c) are grammatically correct and could be used quite naturally. It's just like gabber said...

    Here's my report; I finished it at last. / I finally finished it.
    Here's my report; I have finished it at last. / I have finally finished it.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with using present perfect here. It's an action that was completed in the past, the impact, effect or influence of which is felt or is significant at the moment of speaking. No problem.

    Greg
    Then what does it mean by 'I'm finished at last' ?

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    Re: At Last

    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    Then what does it mean by 'I'm finished at last' mean?
    It's an informal variant. I wouldn't use it in an exam.

    b

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    Re: At Last

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's an informal variant. I wouldn't use it in an exam.

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    Thank you BobK, but I found this test in my 'Oxford Practice Grammar' book which has these choices to be chosen:
    Here's my report, I................................................. it at last.
    a) finish b) finished c) am finished d) have finished
    which is the best choice?, then!

    PS And what is the different between 'finished' & 'have finished' cos' it must be only one best choice, mustn't it?


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    Here's my report. I've finished it at last.

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    Re: At Last

    If you chose c, you'd have to add "with" - 'I am finished with it'. But as I (think I) said, this is informal. It may be a Northern variant - when people ask 'have you finished' in a jocular way, they sometimes use a mock-Northern accent and ask 'Are ye doon?'. In an exam, I'd stick to the present perfect.

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