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    Have a breakdown

    Hi there!

    I know that breakdown has different meanings and one of the is when you end up crying.

    My question is , do you say my car has a breakdown, I have a breakdown , my car is breakdown?

    If you say I have a breakdown is it like " I am having a bad time" ?

    When you say I got a breakdown yesterday , do you mean that you were crying or that your car breakdown?

    Thanks

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    Re: Have a breakdown

    I think many people use breakdown to mean their car has broken down.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...tish/breakdown

    Usually the context makes it clear, however, sometimes it can be ambiguous such as:

    "I had a breakdown yesterday". This could mean your car broke down, but it could be that you were very upset and went into "meltdown".

    It always makes me chuckle when I see something saying "Breakdown assistance".

    Personally, I prefer to distinguish between the two:
    For cars, or general machinery, "My car broke down yesterday" or "My car has broken down".

    As opposed to:

    "I had a [nervous] breakdown yesterday" or "I'm having a [nervous] breakdown".

    Sometimes people will make it absolutely clear what they are talking about by using the term "nervous breakdown", then there is absolutely no confusion.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...vous-breakdown

    But as I said, usually the context makes it pretty clear.

    Update:
    However, breakdown in the sense of "They broke down and cried", to me, just implies that they were very upset for a period of time, because they'd lost their job, or a family member, or received other bad news. (i.e. they were not having a full nervous breakdown, from which they may not fully recover).
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 12-Aug-2015 at 18:40. Reason: Update

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    Re: Have a breakdown

    pretty useful reply^

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    Re: Have a breakdown

    Quote Originally Posted by m3zomo View Post
    pretty useful reply^
    M3zomo, what is your response supposed to mean? It has no capitalisation or punctuation. It is not a complete sentence. Why do you consider the reply only to be "pretty useful"? Please clarify why you didn't think it was a good/great/perfect reply. Why is there a strange little pointy hat at the end?

    If you find a response useful, there is no need to write a post at all. Simply click on the "Like" or "Thank" button (or both) to indicate your feelings about it.
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    Re: Have a breakdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    "I had a breakdown yesterday".
    This works fine, but I wouldn't use it in the present tense.

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