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    break down or broke?

    people say

    my computer broke down but my computer broke.
    my MP 3 player broke but my MP 3 player broke down.

    when do you say broke or broke down? it is really confusing.

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    Re: break down or broke?

    For mechanical things (cars), I use broke down, but for electronic things, I use broke.

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