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    Default the car is not broke

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    Does he say 'the car is not broke'? Why is it not 'the car is not broken'?

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    Default Re: the car is not broke

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Does he say 'the car is not broke'?
    Yes
    Why is it not 'the car is not broken'?
    Because he is not worried about speaking 'correctly'.

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    Default Re: the car is not broke

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    YesBecause he is not worried about speaking 'correctly'.
    5jj.

    Are the following sentences both correct?

    1. The car is broken.
    2. The car is broken down.

    I remember a respectful teacher in this forum told us to use "broken down" when we refer to large equipment.

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    Default Re: the car is not broke

    The car broke down and had to be towed from the side of the road. -- This is a very normal thing to say.

    On no - your front left headlight is broken.

    I agree that a car is too large to be "broken" though parts of it may be.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: the car is not broke

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    5jj.

    Are the following sentences both correct?

    1. The car is broken.
    2. The car is broken down.

    I remember a respectful teacher in this forum told us to use "broken down" when we refer to large equipment.

    Thanks.
    We say "The car has ​broken down".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: the car is not broke

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post

    I remember a respectful teacher in this forum told us to use "broken down" when we refer to large equipment.
    I wonder if you mean 'a respected teacher'.

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    Default Re: the car is not broke

    And when it keeps breaking down it's sold for scrap and taken to a breaker's yard;... where it's broken up. (Don't blame me, I just speak it! )

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    Default Re: the car is not broke

    It also refers to an expression: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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