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    it works or it is functioning?

    Hi,

    I was talking to my colleague about some videocam. She told me not to act inappropriately in the room because there were videocameras. I was telling her
    "They are not functioning". What i meant here is the videocams were not switched on at the time of speaking. She said, "They work". I think she meant the videocams were in good condition. Did I use the word function' wrongly? What should I have told her instead?

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    Re: it works or it is functioning?

    She probably didn't understand the long word you used.

    I'd have said 'They're not switched on'.

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    Re: it works or it is functioning?

    Hi,

    By the way, is there any difference between 'they work' and 'they are working' in terms of tense aspect who somebody is telling you?

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    Re: it works or it is functioning?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    She probably didn't understand the long word you used.

    I'd have said 'They're not switched on'.

    Rover
    Or 'They're not on/going'.

    'Not functioning' - apart from the problem of comprehension - is ambiguous: functioning=on or functioning=working.

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    Re: it works or it is functioning?

    Hi,

    When you said 'going', you mean like 'The lamps are going', right?

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    Re: it works or it is functioning?

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,

    When you said 'going', you mean like 'The lamps are going', right?

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    Yes, but 'go' doesn't collocate with 'lamp'. A lamp usually shines; sometimes. if there are several in the distance, they twinkle. When the filament in an incandescent bulb has burnt out, it can be said - informally - to have 'blown'. Confusingly, it can even be said to have gone.

    More simply, lights can be just on.

    b

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