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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?

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

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

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  • Ditto for American English
    – JeffSahol
    Oct 23, 2011 at 20:05
  • And what about : There aren't any apples left ?
    – None
    Oct 23, 2011 at 20:30
  • It would depend on the circumstances. Oct 23, 2011 at 21:16
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'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, 2011 at 15:09
  • "The apples are finished" sounds just as wrong as "The apples are ended".
    – Marthaª
    Oct 24, 2011 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, 2011 at 11:30
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I would use "the apples are finished," or possibly "the apples are no more," but that seems a bit dramatic.

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  • "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, 2011 at 16:42

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