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    Lawnmower broke or broke down

    Hello,

    Can we use "break down" to describe a situation where a lawnmower is not working? Or should it be just "break"?

    Since my lawnmower [broke/broke down], I have had to pay someone to cut the grass.

    Thank you.

    Nawee

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    #2

    Re: Lawnmower broke or broke down

    for conversational English which is in some ways more relaxed, either sentence is ok.

    Since my lawnmower broke, I have had to pay someone to cut the grass.

    Since my lawnmower broke down, I have had to pay someone to cut the grass.

    But the second is a bit more polished sounding.

    Sincerely,
    -Les

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    Re: Lawnmower broke or broke down

    I'd say 'My lawnmower broke' if part of it fell off, and 'My lawnmower broke down' if the electric motor stopped working.

    Rover

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    #4

    Re: Lawnmower broke or broke down

    "Broke down" is for more complex machinery or systems. A lawnmower qualifies as such in my opinion. I would probably say "broke down" in this case, but "broke" is not wrong.

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