Consider these two sentences:
- I have used up all my pencils.
- I have run out of pencils.
Which one, if either, is better? What is the difference? In what context should I use each one?
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To be honest with you, they both mean similar things. But, in my opinion, they should be used in two distinct ways.
When you say 'I have used up all my pencils', it is definite that you have used all of the pencils for the specific purpose.
But, when you say 'I have run out of pencils', it is not really definite that you have used them. Maybe your sister used them? Maybe your mother? Maybe a monster? We don't really know.
Hope that helps,