Como dizer "Minha caneta está acabando" em inglês

Como dizer "Minha caneta está acabando" em inglês
Como se fala "Minha caneta está acabando" em inglês?

Minha caneta acabou: My pen is dead.

Mas como é minha caneta está acabando?

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My pen is running dry.

My pen's nearly dead.
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My pen has run out of ink.

My pen is running out of ink.

I recommend this for both. I'm not sure if "My pen is dead" is very natural to native speakers. You could probably be understood but it's probably more like an unorthodox or 'funny' way to put it rather than being an actual set/established expression that is widely used and their go-to alternative to express such idea. I think It's kind of like describing a car as "angry" when its headlights are shaped in a way that makes it look like that. Lousy, random and not so clear example I know but I hope you get what I'm saying.
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'My pen is dead' is widely used in AmE, and is not 'an unorthodox or 'funny' way to put it rather than being an actual set/established expression'.

Can I borrow your pen? = Can I borrow the pen you are using?
Do you have a pen I can borrow? = Can I borrow a pen other than the one you are using?

As for why you need to borrow a pen:
My pen is out of ink/isn't working/is dead.
I think "dead"/"died" for no longer functional/stopped working is a pretty common usage, at least in AE.
I just discovered the battery is dead.
My furnace died on the coldest day of the year.
The elastic is completely dead in this waistband.
If my pen was running out of ink, I'd even say, "My pen is dying. Do you have one I could borrow?"
Ref. pen running out of ink/running low (itens #24, #32, #33).

That's it!
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I see. I did say I wasn't sure whether it's natural and widely used by native speakers though, rather than stating it with certainty. The equivalent to that in regards to the process of the pen running out of ink beginning to take place as opposed to it having already done so would be "my pen is dying", then.
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I like the sentence "my pen dying", it could also be said just when you are writing and on the paper, the sentence gets "my pen is dy(...illegible or invisible from this point).
"My pen is about to die", to my thinking, would be that you notice that it's running out of ink, when it is below visible. But natives use that way, though.
I agree with Leonardo, technically "running out of ink" would leave 'plenty of time' (enough time, if you wish) to get a new one.
With drawing pens, "running out of ink" would be when the flow of ink is low, as opposed the ones with a regular flow.
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Thank you for clarifying it, Leonardo.
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Great! Thanks for sharing, Bryan.
Looks like the first sentence is more usual than the second one? Or are they used fifty-fifty, sort of? Just wondering...
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The first is likely more common. But expressions with death, like "this pen is dying" or "this pen is nearly dead", are common enough.
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Thanks for clarifying things, Bryan.
This kind of expression is something of an almost everyday fact in Brazil, in English-speaking countries. It seems like being rarer (computers have take over, in a way, and in many pens aren't tranparent.
At least I have not seen much of that in Grisham and Michael Crichton novels, for instance (along with others).
Perhaps because it's such a mundane, ordinary event. Not regular occurence Even in textbooks, hence my question.
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Outra opção:

Minha caneta está acabando. [My pen is running out.]

That's it!