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    What's wrong with the following sentences?

    My car is broken.
    My car has broken down.

    Can I say "My car is broken." to convey that my car no longer works?


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    Re: car is broken vs. has broken down

    Nothing is wrong with them. They mean your car is not functioning.


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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Nothing is wrong with them. They mean your car is not functioning.
    Svartnik, I agree with you that nothing is wrong with the sentences. There's something wrong with the car, though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by unruly2009 View Post
    What's wrong with the following sentences?

    My car is broken.
    My car has broken down.

    Can I say "My car is broken." to convey that my car no longer works?

    I was told that native speakers don't say "My car is broken." Although it's grammatically correct, it's not commonly spoken. Is that true? So, when when someone says "My car is broken.," you automatically know that English isn't his/her first language?


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    Re: car is broken vs. has broken down

    I often hear in American films that something is broken. More often than something is mended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unruly2009 View Post
    I was told that native speakers don't say "My car is broken." Although it's grammatically correct, it's not commonly spoken. Is that true? So, when when someone says "My car is broken.," you automatically know that English isn't his/her first language?
    Yes that's right we don't say 'my car is broken' and it sounds strange to my ear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes that's right we don't say 'my car is broken' and it sounds strange to my ear.
    "My watch is broken."
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=%22my...fp=leBsIIJAIN0

    4. not functioning properly; out of working order.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=broken&r=66

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    "My watch is broken."
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
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    4. not functioning properly; out of working order.
    broken definition | Dictionary.com
    Yes, we do say 'my watch/glass/cup/nose etc. is broken. Perhaps illogically, we don't say 'my car is broken'.


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    Re: car is broken vs. has broken down

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    "My watch is broken."
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
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    4. not functioning properly; out of working order.
    broken definition | Dictionary.com

    SV,

    The second link does not work on my PC. Could you check it out?


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    copy paste:
    google.com/#hl=en&q=%22my+car+is+broken&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g1&fp=1& cad=b]Google

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