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    Default broke/has broken down

    A:why did you come late?
    B:because my car (broke / ha broken ) down

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    Default Re: broke/has broken down

    Quote Originally Posted by shorbagy2
    A:why did you come late?
    B:because my car (broke / ha broken ) down
    Hello shorbagy2,

    ... because my car has broken down.

    It happened in the past but it has consequences to the present (he come late).

    Best wishes,
    Dany

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    Hi,

    Why are you late?
    Because my car has broken down.
    (This is about the present).

    Why were you late?
    Because my car broke down/had broken down.
    (This is about the past).

    Hope this helps,
    Dippit

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    Default Re: broke/has broken down

    What about did in the question ?Then,are u a teacher of English?

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    Default Re: broke/has broken down

    With 'why did you come late?', I would be a lot more likely to use the past tense. However, you could argue for the present perfect on the grounds that the car is still broken, but the past sounds more natural to me.

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