When someone asks whether you have completed a task e.g. Shopping, dinner. What should be your answer?

I am done.

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I have done.

To me, the former sentence"s formation, Sub + VBe+ Past Participle, falls to lớn passive voice. Therefore, it has a totally different meaning from I have done Sub + Predicate (verb intransitive).


According lớn Cambridge Advanced Learner"s Dictionary 3rd ed., the verb do is an intransitive verb in the meaning of complete/finish.

In the sentence, same formation as I am done:

I am beautiful.

The verb am (of VBe) links the adj beautiful lớn the subject of the sentence I. Therefore I, the subject of the sentence, is beautiful (in other words, state of being).

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Then in the sentence :

I am done.

The subject, I, is linked to lớn the adjective done. So the subject"s state of being is done, in other words dead?

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RobustoRobusto 145k3636 gold badges338338 silver badges573573 bronze badges 4 địa chỉ a bình luận | 5 "Have" is strictly correct. You would properly say:

Yes, I have done.


Yes, I have finished.

However, "I am done", "I"m done", or "I"m all done" is also generally accepted to mean the same thing. I believe it"s more prevalent in US efix.vn.

nội dung Improve this answer Follow answered Jan 28 "11 at 12:00 user3444user3444 3 Yes, 'I have done' works, because it's not 'on its own'; it's given context by the question, just like 'Yes, I have' is. –user3444 Jan 28 "11 at 12:53 showroom a phản hồi | 2 In UK efix.vn especially, done is a verb, not an adjective. Saying "I"m done" sits very uncomfortably with me. share Improve this answer Follow answered Jan 28 "11 at 13:39

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more comments 0 As far as I understand, "I have done" is perfectly alright. But if someone is asking after whether you"re completed with a task it may be more direct just lớn reply "I have finished (it)." chia sẻ Improve this answer Follow answered Mar 3 "11 at 22:08

Joseph WeissmanJoseph Weissman 32233 silver badges1313 bronze badges địa chỉ a comment | 0 "I have finished."

"I am done" means you are a cake that is done. You"re cooked. If you have finished a task or a job, you should say, "I have finished", or "I"m through".

nội dung Improve this answer Follow edited Nov 2 "12 at 20:11 RegDwigнt♦ 94.3k3636 gold badges301301 silver badges394394 bronze badges answered Feb 26 "12 at 4:53 Elizabeth H.Elizabeth H. 11 1 I have finished - agreed, that makes perfect sense. But I'm through? You're through what, a tunnel? I know that's a popular American expression but if you think about it, it doesn't make sense, it's an unfinished sentence. Ironically, it's a sentence which isn't finished/done/whatever! –user171842 Apr 23 "16 at 23:53 địa chỉ a bình luận | -2 Silliness, regardless what Oxford & Cambridge argue.

"I have done x" represents a task/project finished in past tense, whereas "I am done" expresses one is finished a task/project in the present tense without further explaination (if one were dead, they could not tell you). But "I finished" means one has completed a task/project without expression, too.

nói qua Improve this answer Follow edited Apr 18 "13 at 21:42 RegDwigнt♦ 94.3k3636 gold badges301301 silver badges394394 bronze badges answered Apr 18 "13 at 20:24 MichelleMichelle 1 add a comment | Highly active question
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