Let's say I started a kettle and it has just reached a boiling point. And then my friend comes up to the kettle, not knowing it has just boiled the water, to turn it on. What the most natural way to say that the water has just reached a boiling? Which of the following sentences sound the most natural?

It just boiled.

I just boiled up.

It just went off.

It just turn off.

I would like to know American and British ways to say it.

  • I am British and I would say 'it has just boiled'. Commented Mar 8, 2020 at 9:40
  • In other circumstances than described, the kettle has "come to the boil." Commented Mar 8, 2020 at 9:55
  • I think a really simple way to say it would be "It's done boiling." Commented Mar 8, 2020 at 10:34

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It just boiled, or It has (It's) just boiled, would seem to be the simplest.

It's just turned off, or It's just finished (boiling) are quite acceptable alternatives. (Those It's are short for "It has")

You could also use something like "It's still hot"

It is reasonable to use the present perfect in this case, to describe the present state of the kettle resulting from the past boil.

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