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    Is "was broken down" correct?

    Hi, teachers.

    Does "My car was broken down last night" sound fine?

    I am always grateful for your help.

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    Re: Is "was broken down" correct?

    I am not a teacher.

    I'm afraid not.

    My car broke down last night. = Mechanical failure.

    My car was broken into last night. = Illegal entry.

    Come to think of it, 'My car was broken down last night, but today it isn't because I had it repaired' could work in a very contrived way, but I wouldn't ever say that myself.

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