I'm doing a key word transformation and I've come to this sentence:

There aren't any eggs left.
"We ____ eggs".

I should complete the sentence with 2–5 words using the word "run".

At first I thought of

We run out of eggs.

but could I use present simple here if it's not a repeated event? Should I use

We've run out of eggs.


Yes, pretty much as you've been arguing:

We run out of eggs.

Running out of eggs is a thing that we do.

We've run out of eggs.

We have recently run out of eggs, and therefore it can reasonably be inferred that we have no eggs.

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    Also, if "using the word 'run'" means you can use it in any form, there are more alternatives such as "We ran out of eggs." – MetaEd Jan 16 '13 at 1:16
  • True that, @MετάEd – Jon Hanna Jan 16 '13 at 1:26

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