Given the fact that "use up" already means to use everything, can you formulate sentences like this and not sound weird at all?

What happened to your toothpaste? I used everything up.

is it like saying "sufficient enough"? maybe too redundant?

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    You could, but not really with toothpaste. We would more naturally say "I used it all up".
    – BillJ
    Mar 21, 2019 at 15:36

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No, it is not redundant, and it makes sense.

Use up does not mean use everything, it means use all of [something].

Use everything would be a much more general activity.

This means, however, that I used everything up is not a normal response to a question about toothpaste. It might fit if the question was "Did you find what you needed to cook dinner?"

  • Would "I ran out of it" be more fitting for that context then?
    – Kaique
    Mar 21, 2019 at 15:30
  • Yes. Or "I used it all up".
    – Colin Fine
    Mar 21, 2019 at 15:41

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