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    Paraphrasing

    The man is worried he can't hand his papers by the deadline because his computer broke down. Can I use 'because his computer gave up the ghost' or it is better to say because his computer stopped working? Which is more appropriate?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Paraphrasing

    How formal do you need this to 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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    Re: Paraphrasing

    What I mean is that do ordinary people use ' to give the ghost ' as a synonym of ' to break down ' or just young people use in their causual conversation 'to give the ghost'? There are other words like ' kaput ' means break down but since it is a German word, it is considered to be informal. In my exam I have to speak formally.

    ThanK you in advance.

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    Re: Paraphrasing

    Quote Originally Posted by arzgol View Post
    What I mean is that do ordinary people use ' to give the ghost ' as a synonym of ' to break down ' or just young people use in their causual conversation 'to give the ghost'? There are other words like ' kaput ' means break down but since it is a German word, it is considered to be informal. In my exam I have to speak formally.

    Thank you in advance.
    If it's formal, don't use "give/gave up the ghost", use "break/broke down".

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