The word "done" is the past participle of "do,"
….but you can use it as an adjective to describe that something or someone is finished (What is an adjective?).
Generally, "done" means that something is finished:
These cheeseburgers look like they’re about done.
You can use an "ing word"* after "done."
Some people might not like the way these sentences sound, but this is the way Americans speak.
The word "done" takes on a more subtle meaning that would be easier to understand if you know something about the situation in which "done" is used:
Occasionally, you’ll hear "done" used in a colloquial manner (rural or urban English heard on the street). The person may or may not realize that a grammatical error is being made in sentences like these:
Here’s a video for more explanation:
(*Is it a gerund or present participle? I’m not sure, but we can safely say "ing word.")
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(This page was originally published on November 24, 2011.)