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I understand the typical usage of "finish", like "I finished my work", "She finished (the concert) with a song from her first album."

From the Free Dictionary by Farlex

off from work: Finished with one's work for the day.

Assume Daniel was off from work at 6:00 pm yesterday. With the definition, could I say like this?

Daniel finished with one's work for the day at 6:00 pm yesterday.

Daniel finished what with whose work?

I tried Ngram Viewer but didn't get any clue.

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  • I've finished work is the natural way of saying that your working day has ended (it's now after "clocking-off time"). Therefore if a competent native speaker introduces an additional unnecessary preposition (I've finished with work), other native speakers will naturally assume some different meaning is intended. In that particular case, the most likely alternative would be that the speaker means I'm completely fed up with working, and don't intend to work ever again (maybe he's just exaggerating, maybe he's actually retiring, or whatever). Jun 27, 2020 at 15:35

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No, you could not say that!

Finished with one's work is the dictionary's explanation of what off from work means. One is simply whoever happens to be the subject of the sentence.

You would have to say Daniel was finished with his work for the day... - but it would be simpler to say Daniel was off from work or Daniel finished work.

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  • Things get clearer. Thank you. Regarding "Daniel was finished with his work for the day", Daniel is a person, does "a person was finished with something" sound natural?
    – JQQ
    Jun 27, 2020 at 12:28
  • I suppose so, if you have some reason for not naming that person. Jun 27, 2020 at 12:33

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