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    doesn't/won't start

    Dear native speakers,

    In the following context, which verb for is correct?

    My car won't start/doesn't start. Maybe the battery is dead.

    Thanks.

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    Re: doesn't/won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by haseli22 View Post
    My car won't start/doesn't start. Maybe the battery is dead.
    Both are possible. Won't seems to imply some stubbornness on the part of the car.

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    Re: doesn't/won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by haseli22 View Post
    Dear native speakers,

    In the following context, which verb for is correct?

    My car won't start/doesn't start. Maybe the battery is dead.

    Thanks.
    If it's a one-off problem, then "My car won't start" is appropriate and the problem might be a dead battery which can be easily rectified.
    If the problem occurs regularly, then "My car doesn't start [in the mornings]". If the same problem happens regularly and it's always a dead battery, then there's something wrong with the battery.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: doesn't/won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Both are possible. Won't seems to imply some stubbornness on the part of the car.
    Yes, but when it won't start it does indeed appear to be deliberately frustrating your goals. If I came back into the house in the morning, I would tell the wife that the car "won't start." I would not say "doesn't start."

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    Re: doesn't/won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, but when it won't start it does indeed appear to be deliberately frustrating your goals. If I came back into the house in the morning, I would tell the wife that the car "won't start." I would not say "doesn't start."
    Hi SoothingDave,

    What do you mean by "deliberately frustrating your goals" in the above context. I couldn't find the meaning in google.

    Thanks.

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    Re: doesn't/won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Hi SoothingDave,

    What do you mean by "deliberately frustrating your goals" in the above context. I couldn't find the meaning in google.

    Thanks.
    I mean that it is thwarting me in the attainment of my goals. It is acting in a way that opposes what I am trying to accomplish.

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    Re: doesn't/won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If it's a one-off problem, then "My car won't start" is appropriate and the problem might be a dead battery which can be easily rectified.
    If the problem occurs regularly, then "My car doesn't start [in the mornings]". If the same problem happens regularly and it's always a dead battery, then there's something wrong with the battery.
    If it's a one-off problem, other than "My car won't start", can we say ""My car isn't starting".

    Thanks.

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    Re: doesn't/won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    If it's a one-off problem, other than "My car won't start", can we say ""My car isn't starting".

    Thanks.
    You could but it would be less natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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