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    break vs. become broken

    For example,
    1) When this computer breaks next time, I won't repair it and will buy a new one.
    2) When this computer becomes broken next time, I won't repair it and will buy a new one.

    Are those two sentences both correct? If so, which one is more common? Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: break vs. become broken

    Once again, you can't start a question with "For example". Either you need something before it, or you should just leave it out.

    The sentences are both correct.

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    #3

    Re: break vs. become broken

    Would 'breaks down' be more common?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    you can't start a question with "For example".
    I think the OP can start a post with 'The following are my examples/questions', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: break vs. become broken

    No, not without saying what they are examples of. Of course, you can start that way, but you immediately proclaim that you are not a native speaker. You will not see that from a native speaker.
    You can say, "The following are my questions:" But a question isn't an example.

    "For example" means "Here is an example/some examples of what I've just been talking about".

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    Re: break vs. become broken

    Quote Originally Posted by jokaec1 View Post
    When this computer becomes broken next time
    That sounds unnatural to me.
    I would use "breaks" or "breaks down" instead of "becomes broken" in that context.

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    Re: break vs. become broken

    I think 'this computer fails' is also understandable, but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    ... you immediately proclaim that you are not a native speaker.
    All people know I am not whether I proclaim it or not.

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    Re: break vs. become broken

    You don't give examples out of the blue.
    You normally give examples following something that you have stated, for example, a rule of grammar, to explain it more clearly.

    What is "understandable" is not necessarily what is correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: break vs. become broken

    I think you can simply ignore any posts you don't like, but I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: break vs. become broken

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think you can simply ignore any posts you don't like, but I am not a teacher.
    I'm sure Ted's post was in answer to the first post, which gives examples out of the blue.

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