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@Cristi posted:

What is the difference between the sentences below.

I am done cleaning or I have finished cleaning

Hello, Cristi—The sentences "I am done cleaning" and "I have finished cleaning" can have the same meaning. Alternatively, "I am done cleaning" can be used to convey emphatically that you intend never to clean again.

Grammatically, "I have finished cleaning" is a sentence in the present perfect; "cleaning" is the object of the main verb "finished." In contrast, "I am done cleaning" is in the present tense, "am" is the copula, and "done" an adjective.

"Cleaning," in "I am done cleaning," can be parsed as the object of an omitted preposition: "I am done (with) cleaning." That does not mean that it would be good to add the preposition. The sentence is perfectly fine without it.

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