I’ve Finished vs. I’m Finished

Finished is the past participle form of finish. As a past participle, it can be used to form perfect tenses.

  • I have finished the job.
  • She has not yet finished working on the project.

Finished can also be used as an adjective after a form of be (is, am, are, was and were). In this case, it means ready.

Note that the sentence I have nearly finished means more or less the same as the sentence I am nearly finished. Both sentences can be used to mean I am almost ready.

The structure be + finished is mainly used in informal English.

Study the examples given below.

  • Wait a minute. I’m nearly finished. / I’ve nearly finished.
  • I went to the studio to get the photos, but they weren’t / hadn’t finished. (= The photos weren’t ready.)
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