We know that these two words bears the same meaning, heck they are synonym to each other. Basically these two words mean the same thing, which is having the task accomplished. For example,

  • I have just completed my housechores.
  • I have just finished my homework.

However, there are a few situations that both words’ meaning hangs at the opposite end of the spectrum. This is where people get confused about, probably because this requires constant reading and exposure to the language as the culture itself gives its usage anew to the words. Let’s talk about the root word:

  1. Complete

    You can say ‘complete‘ as both having accomplished the task at hand and being perfect. If used in the sentence such as ‘I am complete.’, it means the person being in the state of perfection, flawless or having achieved the desire within.

  2. Finish

    Finish‘ also means having the task done. However, it does not mean the same thing being perfect similar to ‘complete’. If used in the sentence such as ‘I am finished.’ Basically, you are dead. It is used in a situation when you know you have come to your own demise.

These are the small but distinct differences between the two words as a lot of learners tend to get confused the two words quite often. You would say that you are complete or else you are just completely finished.

Another example would be:

“When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. But, when you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED. And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!”


Source

  1. http://theanthrotorian.com/culture/2012/11/29/the-difference-between-complete-and-finished
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