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    healthy objects

    What adjective do you use for a machine when it does not work? (What do you call it when it works well?)

    The lamp does not work, I know I cannot call it not-healthy, but I don't know what to call it.

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    #2

    Re: healthy objects

    It can be broken. The bulb can be burnt out.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: healthy objects

    What adjective you call it when it works well?

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    #4

    Re: healthy objects

    "Functional".

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    Re: healthy objects

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    "Functional".
    Thanks, by the way, I think it's not usual in everyday speaking, is it? What's used in speaking?

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    #6

    Re: healthy objects

    "Functional: is not uncommon. You could also use "working".

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    #7

    Re: healthy objects

    Can I use broken for any non-working object or it is only for some things that can be broken to pieces?
    When my computer does not work or my shoes are old or ... can I call them broken?

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    #8

    Re: healthy objects

    Computers "crash"; shoes wear out. A computer can be broken if it had been dropped.

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    #9

    Re: healthy objects

    To be honest, I don't see a problem with "doesn't work" or "doesn't work properly".

    Examples:
    Can I ask you for a lift? My car doesn't work.
    Will we play World of Warcraft tonight? I don't think so, my computer doesn't work.
    Mum, I can't turn the light on in the bathroom. Probably, the light doesn't work.

    I don't say the examples above are natural (I don't think so), but they're correct.

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    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: healthy objects

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    What adjective you call it when it works well?
    "It's as good as new." You have to use it as a predicate.

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