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Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "to HAVE RUN OUT OF something" and "to BE OUT OF something"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

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

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

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Grazie,

Ted

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Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "to HAVE RUN OUT OF something" and "to BE OUT OF
something"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** The only difference is that "BE OUT" indicates that you were missing the "something" before you began your project, such as baking a cake when you have no sugar.

If you RUN OUT of sugar, that means you had some sugar when you started, but you did not have the full amount called for in the recipe.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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