All gone + medication, detergent and books

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Hello everyone,

1. Considering the meaning of "all gone" from 'Oxford Dictionary': used up.

2. Are the uses of "all gone" with "medication", "detergent" and "books" idiomatic/common? If not, what do you suggest?

a. My medication is all gone. I'll go to the drugstore to buy more.
b. Is the detergent all gone? No, it isn't. There's plenty.
c. The books aren't all gone. We still have a few.

My definition of "all gone" is "there's no more" or "there are no more".

Thank you in advance!
  • Franco-filly

    Senior Member
    English - Southern England
    I would often split the “all” from “gone” for example: All of the presents have gone from under the tree. But would keep them together in an exclamation e.g. Is there any detergent left? No, it’s all gone!
    a All of my medication has gone. To me, that sounds as though someone has stolen it, so I would suggest “All of my medication has been used up” or “I’ve used (up) all of my medication.
    b. Has all the detergent gone/been used?
    c. Not all the books have gone yet. or The books haven't all gone.
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    Senior Member
    English - England
    The phrase "all gone" is used in a wide variety of contexts. It is also one of the idioms that English native speakers learn first, when we are starting to eat solid food: "One more spoonful, then all gone!"
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