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    Won't/doesn't

    Hello dear teachers

    Would you please tell me which one is better to use? why?

    A: What time is it?
    B: Sorry, my watch won't/doesn't work.

    Thanks indeed.

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    Re: Won't/doesn't

    In my opinion, "doesn't" must be a better choice though your watch may out of work for a long time or for a while. Because you are mentioning an action in the present, hence, there's no need for you to use " won't". Moreover, "doesn't" sound more smooth

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    #3

    Re: Won't/doesn't

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    "Won't" is a contraction of "will not." "Will not", as written here, is in the form of a prediction. In addition, by using "won't", you are giving free will to a watch.
    Indeed, and in the utterance we are talking about, 'won't' is unlikely. However, If I have been having problems with my computer, and see it as a malevolent beast forever trying to frustrate me, I am very likely to say:

    My (expletive deleted) computer won't work

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    Re: Won't/doesn't

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Hello dear teachers

    Would you please tell me which one is better to use? why?

    A: What time is it?
    B: Sorry, my watch won't/doesn't work.

    Thanks indeed.
    "My watch isn`t working" would be best.

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