confusion arises because finished operates both as an adjective
and as the past tense and past participle of the verb
So if your colleagues say 'We're finished for today', they are using
it as an adjective.
If they say 'We've finished work for today', they are using it as
the past participle of the verb to finish. (This would
be more normal in standard English).
as an adjective
we use it as an adjective, we can talk about thingsbeing finished as well as peoplebeing finished
marriageis finished. It was a disaster from the
beginning, so it's good it's over.
not ready to leave. She won't be finished for at least
another hour and a half.
wasn't finished with Paul yet. They still had a lot to talk
are, of course, a wide range of adjectives ending in -ed
which follow the verb to be and other linking verbs such
as seem, appear, look and become. Here
are a few of the most common:
became interested in the tennis as soon as I heard that
ticket prices would be reduced.
was bored with the performance and decided to leave as
soon as the interval arrived.
seemed surprised - even amazed - to see me. She thought
I was in the States.
were quite satisfied with the arrangement. Sharing
the cost suited them both.
was frightened of Lucie. He was also worried that they
might be late back.
that all of these adjectives ending in -ed describe
people's feelings, mental states or emotional reactions
to something. There are many more. Check those you don't know in
a dictionary to see how they are used and which prepositions
they can be used with: