In this sentence:

On a typical day, by 9pm I am done cooking.

I am not a native speaker, does it sound natural to native speakers?

  • I here most people say "I'm" instead of I am, but I here plenty of people just use "am"
    – Daosof
    Feb 11, 2020 at 14:07

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I am done like I am finished (frequently shortened to I'm) is typical conversational English.

It's possible to add any number of gerunds, as in swimming, working, eating, sleeping and so on.

Alternatively, you can use have in the place of am, generally shortened to I've. The meaning is the same. But with have, you can finish with a noun/noun phrase as well:

I've done the rest of the work.
I've done everything myself.

  • And there's no preposition involved? Also non-native, I'm tempted to say "I'm done with cooking"
    – Laurent S.
    Feb 11, 2020 at 14:24

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