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out of food

 
 
Reply Sun 28 Sep, 2008 07:30 pm
He is running out of food.
He is out of food.

Is the second sentence correct?
Many thanks.
 
Shapeless
 
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Reply Sun 28 Sep, 2008 07:34 pm
@tanguatlay,
Both are correct, though they don't mean the same thing. The first sentence means he still has some food but will soon have none. The second sentence he has none.
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Tue 30 Sep, 2008 11:49 am
@Shapeless,
Thanks, Shapeless.
contrex
 
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Reply Tue 30 Sep, 2008 02:35 pm
@tanguatlay,
He is running out of food.
He has run out of food.
JTT
 
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Reply Tue 30 Sep, 2008 03:10 pm
@contrex,
He is out of food and He has run out of food hold slightly different meanings.

The first tells us that he is in a state of having no food and the second focuses on the action of running out of food.
contrex
 
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Reply Tue 30 Sep, 2008 03:34 pm
@JTT,
Maybe the phrase "out of" has a slightly different meaning in the US, (in any case it is rather conversational/informal/colloquial), but in British English being "out of" something can definitely carry the implication that you (now, in the present) do not have something that you (formerly, in the past) used to have, and were accustomed or expected to have.

The shop is out of toilet paper. The bus driver was out of small change. We must drink our tea black because we are out of milk.
JTT
 
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Reply Tue 30 Sep, 2008 09:08 pm
@contrex,
I'd say that the meaning is the same, Contrex. Anyway, the situations surrounding this adjective/verb are all conversational/informal/colloquial.
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Fri 3 Oct, 2008 09:45 pm
@JTT,
Thanks, fellow members, for your guidance.
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