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Expression: to be out of something #1 (permalink) Tue Dec 12, 2006 17:08 pm   Expression: to be out of something
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #48 "Common Prepositions", question 6

My car will not start because it is ......... gas.

(a) full of
(b) out with
(c) out of
(d) with no

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #48 "Common Prepositions", answer 6

My car will not start because it is out of gas.

Correct answer: (c) out of
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Why "out of" not "with no"?

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Expression: to be out of something #2 (permalink) Tue Dec 12, 2006 17:26 pm   Expression: to be out of something
 

Hi

Saying 'out of' is commonly used when you have used up all of something (i.e. there isn't any left).

Out of is typically used with the verb be or run:
- My car is out of gas.
- I ran out of gas.

If you wanted to use the word 'no', you could use the verb have and possibly say:
My car will not start because it has no gas.

But it would be more typical to use the negative form of have + any:
My car will not start because it doesn't have any gas.

Saying '... it is with no gas' is not idiomatic.
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