For example, I have three apples. I eat them one by one and after that I want to say there are no apples anymore. Is phrase "apples are ended" correct or should I use another verb?


"Ended" refers to a process, whereas "finished" and "gone" can refer to objects as well. "Ended" is also rather literary.


The most natural way of saying it in Britsh English would be The apples are all gone.

  • Ditto for American English – JeffSahol Oct 23 '11 at 20:05
  • And what about : There aren't any apples left ? – None Oct 23 '11 at 20:30
  • It would depend on the circumstances. – Barrie England Oct 23 '11 at 21:16

'Apples are ended' doesn't sound correct because of the verb choice. I'd say 'The apples are finished' or the more obvious 'I ate all the apples'.

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    I don't really like "the apples are finished", it makes me wonder "What were the apples doing?" – BradC Oct 24 '11 at 15:09
  • "The apples are finished" sounds just as wrong as "The apples are ended". – Marthaª Oct 24 '11 at 16:41
  • @Marthaª: not to me. "All gone" is more likely, but I find nothing wrong with "The apples are finished, but there are still some bananas". – Colin Fine Oct 26 '11 at 11:30

I would use "the apples are finished," or possibly "the apples are no more," but that seems a bit dramatic.

  • "The apples are finished" sounds just as wrong as "The apples are ended". "I finished the apples", on the other hand, is perfectly fine. – Marthaª Oct 24 '11 at 16:42

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