grammaticality - Is the sentence "We're done" grammatically correct?

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2014-04
  • Au-Yeung Kham Sau

    Possible Duplicate:
    I'm done or I've done

    When the class is over, our lecturer always says "OK, we're done." Is this sentence grammatically correct? Isn't it a passive form, which simply means we are done by sth./somebody? Can we use "we've done" instead in this case?

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  • RandomIdeaEnglish

    Yes. Done here means finished and has been used with this meaning since the 14th century, and no one batted an eyelid till 1917. It has been used by Dickens and Mark Twain amongst others, not to mention in the proverb:

    Man's work lasts till set of sun, woman's work is never done.

    See MWDEU - http://books.google.com/books?id=2yJusP0vrdgC&pg=PA361

  • Irene

    Done here isn't treated as a verb, but as an adjective. According to OALD:

    done (adjective)

    1 finished; completed

    When you're done, perhaps I can say something.

  • Barrie England

    Yes, it is grammatical, no, it isn’t passive and no, you can’t say *We've done instead. Done is an adjective meaning finished and the sentence is on the pattern Subject (We) – Verb (‘re) – Complement (done). (An alternative reading is to see the verb to be done as meaning to have done, to have finished, even though *We've done is not actually possible in the context you describe.)

  • cbbcbail

    The 're part is in place of the verb are (Which is the conjugated form for we of the verb to be), and we is the subject; done is an adjective meaning "complete, or "finished." So this statement is grammatically correct. We've done has a completely different meaning. The 've part is a conjunction of the verb to have and we. We've done is to say we have done, and we're done is the same as we are done. In this case it would only make sense to say we are done, so the professor is correct.


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