So that's pretty much my question. It's needed for a rhyme. I know it sounds better and makes more sense with "im done..", but I was just trying to fit the word "finished" in there for a rhyme scheme. In case I can't use "finished" I'll just go with "done with it", even though it's going be a lot harder to rhyme my other words ;)

Thank You!

  • There is nothing wrong with finished, even if it's not as common. It would be understood in context. – Jason Bassford Jul 8 '18 at 21:51
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    It's unidiomatic, which is hard to distance from 'it sounds unnatural'. 'I've quit' is the most idiomatic informal version. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 8 '18 at 22:07
  • "but now I'm done with it" works too – Slava Knyazev Jul 8 '18 at 23:19
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    Also common in U.S. English are "...but now I've given it up" and "...but now I'm on the wagon." These have the advantage over "...but now I've finished" that it can't be misread as suggesting that you've simply drunk the entire contents of the bottle and now are finished with it because it's empty. – Sven Yargs Jul 9 '18 at 0:23
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    It's OK in a poem, but maybe would not be used as such in speech. – Lambie Sep 7 '18 at 21:07

I see you are doing it for the rhyme sake but it still sounds artificial. Maybe you can play around with it and say something along these lines: but now these days are gone or but now I am not the same)))

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You could use the word "diminished" if the poem doesn't require future abstinence? If it does then "relinquished" might work.



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