Are you 0- or 1-based?

The wife and I were at the shopping mall today when we passed the vacuum cleaner store.  I remembered that I had put our last bag in our vacuum cleaner when I changed it recently.

The Subject of Discussion

The Subject of Discussion

“We need to get some bags for the vacuum cleaner,” I said.

“Are we out?” my wife asked.

“No, there’s one left, but it’s the one in the machine.” I replied.

“Then we’re out of bags.”

“No, we’re not out.  We have one.  It just that it’s the one in the machine.”

“That’s the same as being out.”

This reasoning I do not understand.

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