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have you finished/are you finished?


  • I think that "have you finished?" is more colloquial on the eastern side of the Atlantic, and "are you finished? is more used on the other side.

    They might also nuance differently: "have you finished?" might indicate an interest in the state of the task; "are you finished?" might be more focused on the person undertaking the task.

  • In most cases they would amount to the same thing but in some situations they're quite different.

    If a scandal was about to surface which would end your career, you might lament "I'm finished."

    "Have you finished any books lately?" although a little contrived, would sound even stranger with 'are'.