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    Broken/not working/out of order

    Hey, is there any difference in using broken/not working/out of order? Or do we use them equally and we can interchange them freely?

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    Re: Broken/not working/out of order

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    Is there any difference between using broken/not working/out of order? Yes.

    Or do we use them equally? No.

    Can we interchange them freely? Definitely not.
    A window can be broken but it's not out of order or not working.

    A torch (AE flashlight) could be not working because the battery's dead. It's not broken or out of order.

    A lift (AE elevator) could be out of order but not broken.

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    Re: Broken/not working/out of order

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    A window can be broken but it's not out of order or not working.

    A torch (AE flashlight) could be not working because the battery's dead. It's not broken or out of order.

    A lift (AE elevator) could be out of order but not broken.

    Rover
    I'm going to differ with you. I agree that a broken window is not "out of order."

    But a malfunctioning machine (like an elevator or vending machine) is basically broken when it is "out of order." We say machines "break down."

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    Re: Broken/not working/out of order

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I'm going to differ with you. I agree that a broken window is not "out of order."

    But a malfunctioning machine (like an elevator or vending machine) is basically broken when it is "out of order." We say machines "break down."
    I agree in the context of the lift (elevator) but a coffee/vending machine could be out of order simply because there is no coffee/food/drink to go in it. There might be nothing wrong with the machine itself but someone would still probably put an "Out of Order" sign on it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Broken/not working/out of order

    Thank you all, very enlightening. I see what you mean. Well done.

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