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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is correct and natural?

1) There is no more milk in the fridge.

2) There is no more milk left in the fridge.

If both are possible, do they have the same meaning?

Also, are there other ways to express the above concept?

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is correct and natural?

1) There is no more milk in the fridge.

2) There is no more milk left in the fridge.

If both are possible, do they have the same meaning?

Also, are there other ways to express the above concept?

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The two sentences mean the same thing.  Both of them are used and they are natural.  

You can also say, "I checked in the fridge and found that there is no more milk."

Since milk is kept in the refrigerator, you can simply say "We are out of milk."  That's the most often used version.

Ted

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