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    Will not work / is not working ?

    I have a problem with my car - It broke down.I tried starting it but it didn't start.

    How do i write a male to the mechanic.


    Hi,

    i) My car brokedown and is not starting.

    or

    ii) My car brokedown and will not start.

    or

    iii) My car brokedown and dosen't start.

    Thanks,
    Ganesh.

    Which of the theree options is/are correct.

    Can someone please explain.
    Last edited by ganesh85; 01-Feb-2012 at 14:29.

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    Re: Will not work / is not working ?

    I

    Mechanic: Good morning.
    You: Good morning. I've got a problem with my car. It's not starting (fact)
    Mechanic: Have you tried jump-start it? The battery might be down.
    You: Yes, I have but it just won't start (despite my attempts, the car doesn't seem to want to start).

    Hope it's clear enough.

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    #3

    Re: Will not work / is not working ?

    Mechanic: Have you tried to jump-start it?

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    Re: Will not work / is not working ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Mechanic: Have you tried to jump-start it?
    Sorry it was a typo...

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    #5

    Re: Will not work / is not working ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ganesh85 View Post
    How do i write a male to the mechanic.
    Welcome to Using English!

    Most people don't send written correspondence to their mechanic, but ...
    How do I write an email to the mechanic?
    How do I write a letter to the mechanic?

    We don't write a mail, but we send letters by mail (or by post if you speak another dialect of English.)

    Male is a gender.

    Also, please remember that "I" as pronoun and should always be capitalized.
    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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