He didn't want to eat his dinner.

I was angry with him and went to take a shower.

When I took a shower, my son went to me and said.

"I have finished my plate."

"I have finished my dinner."

Do they sound natural to a native speaker?

  • I'm not a native speaker, but 'I have finished my plate' is not a sentence that I have heard being used that widely or commonly. – Varun Nair Oct 17 '17 at 13:25

While I understand both phrases, neither sounds natural to me. "I have finished my dinner" is indeed about ten times more common, but even more common would be:

I finished my dinner.

The simple past is what I would expect to hear and what I consider to be most natural for this context.

As an aside, a related phrase that you might utter in a restaurant would be:

I am finished with my plate.

This would be something said to your waiter when finished with a course, whether or not everything in the plate had been eaten. But that's a little formal. A simple:

I'm done with my plate.

would suffice there.

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(I am a native speaker)

I have finished my dinner is definitely used most of the time. I have finished my plate, however, is not very common. People will say "I have finished my plate of pizza", and in writing (not many people will speak like this), you may see something like "Johnny cleared his plate", and that will mean he finished everything on it.

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