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In standard English, which of the following two means that I finished the class today only but doesn't mean that I finish it forever?

I am done with the /my class (or lesson).

or

I finished the class (or lesson).

In both cases I mean for today only, but I'm not sure if one of them correct in this context or both of them are just a matter of style.

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  • Maybe, I finished my today's class or I'm done with my today's class. – dan Oct 10 '18 at 12:51
  • "done with" can also be used to indicate that you are giving up on something. For example: "I am done with her bad behavior. I don't plan to see her again." – user3169 Oct 11 '18 at 2:37
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If you are specifying that it's only done today, you should put that into the sentence.

You could say one of the following:

I finished my class for today.
I finished today's class.

Or:

I'm done with my class for today.
I'm done with today's class.


However, most people will understand this by context.

The following conversation could be heard at the end of the day:

"Are your classes done?"
"Yes, I just finished them."

If it's still the middle of a term, it's assumed that the conversation is talking about their daily classes.

But if the same conversation were heard at the end of the term, when final exams are being written and classes are actually wrapping up, then it would be assumed to be not about daily classes but about them being done for good.

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  • Thank you for the answer. What about the using of 'to be done with' in this context? – Judicious Allure Oct 11 '18 at 7:59
  • @Conceivableassessment Yes, you can use that verb too. I'm done with my class for today and I'm done today's classes. The main point is the use of today. – Jason Bassford Oct 11 '18 at 13:02

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