I'm done my homework
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From: "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>
: warning! warning! the idiom in question is BE DONE/FINISHED NP 'be
: done/finished with NP'. HAVE DONE/FINISHED NP (have done your
: homework, have finished the dishes, etc.) is, so far as i know, not
: only widespread, but standard; it's just the perfect of DO/FINISH NP.
FWIW, to eliminate any confusion, my intuitions about the regional
distribution of this in Maryland were based on a correct reading of the
idiom you're talking about.
: it seems likely to me that BE DONE/FINISHED NP is an extension of BE
: DONE/FINISHED VPing (I'm done washing the dishes, Are you finished
: doing your homework?), with a VPing complement. this would be on
: analogy with other aspectual verbs, which occur with both VPing
: complements and ordinary NP objects (I began/continued/finished
: singing, I began/continued/finished my song, etc.).
Makes sense to me.
You're listing these as *an* idiom, though, and i'm not sure they really
are. BE DONE NP sounds <ObIntuitionDisclaimer> more well-formed to me than
BE FINISHED NP, for example, though i don't think i actually use either of
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