I don't think so, Heypresto! Look at this example: "it was gone summer by the time the plantings were ready."When she finally finished talking to Ben yesterday morning, whatever 'it' is had gone somewhere, or had vanished.
Thanks for your confirmation!That is how I understood it, Muhammad: gone is a preposition meaning after.
However, it does sound odd to me in this sentence. Gone in this sense is usually followed by a clock time: It's gone six o'clock.
Do you think "be gone" can be followed by any time expression?That is how I understood it, Muhammad: gone is a preposition meaning after, as in It's gone six o'clock.
However, it is a bit confusing in the sentence of #1, without context.
Thanks for your explanation!I would say the use of "gone" to mean "just after" is common only in some dialects. I don't hear it much, nor do I use it. To me, yes, it seems odd.
Unless HP's guess in #2 is right, I guess the meaning is that, yesterday morning, she had been talking on and on at poor old Ben, and didn't stop until the morning was almost completely over, and Ben was in need of a strong cup of coffee.
Where did you find this? I know everyone has worked hard on establishing that gone = past, but even with "past" in there the time reference is very improbable. If we start a sentence "It was gone ... " then the time point is usually quite precise, e.g. "It was gone 11 yesterday when ... "What is the meaning of "gone yesterday morning" in this context?
It was gone yesterday morning when she finally finished talking to Ben.
Thanks in advance!