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    #1

    The Ferrari was damaged beyond repair.

    The Ferrari was damaged beyond repair.

    What does this sentece mean?

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    Re: The Ferrari was damaged beyond repair.

    Not a teacher nor a naitve speaker.

    Nobody can repair this Ferrari.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: The Ferrari was damaged beyond repair.

    I agree with Boris- it was too badly damaged to repair. (Please see definition #4 here.)

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    Re: The Ferrari was damaged beyond repair.

    It's time to call your insurance agent! Repairing your Ferrari will not be an acceptable option!

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    Re: The Ferrari was damaged beyond repair.

    In North America, you will hear this informally as "The Ferrari was totaled."

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    Re: The Ferrari was damaged beyond repair.

    Interesting.
    I've just looked up the verb 'total' and found that 'write off something' is used for that meaning in BrE:

    He's written off two cars this year.
    (http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../english/write)

    I've just learned two expressions. Thank you.

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    Re: The Ferrari was damaged beyond repair.

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, in BrE a write-off does commonly refer to something (often a car) that is beyond repair. However, it comes from the term "insurance write-off" and as such doesn't really mean that the wreck can't be repaired but that it is "beyond economical repair". In other words the cost of the repairs exceeds the value of the car multiplied by a ratio decided on by the insurance company. So, it isn't really beyond repair if you are prepared to spend enough money.

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