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    My Car has broken or is broken

    I was wondering if both are correct:
    My car has broken.
    My car is broken.
    The latter sounds more correct to me.
    I know break is different from break down and both fits the context but I'm only allowed to use 'break'.

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: My Car has broken or is broken

    Neither of your sentences sounds natural to me. Cars don't break, and they are not broken, unless they are toys.

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    Re: My Car has broken or is broken

    Who is only allowing you to use 'break?'

    I can't think of a context where either 'My car is/has broken' would be correct.

    EDIT: Piscean just thought of one.

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    Re: My Car has broken or is broken

    I found the following definitions, which seem to fit the OP's sentences.

    'break ..verb
    2 to stop working as a result of being damaged' ── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...reak_1?q=break

    'broken ..adjective
    1 no longer whole or working correctly' ── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...roken?q=broken
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    #5

    Re: My Car has broken or is broken

    Write My car has broken down​.
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    Re: My Car has broken or is broken

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I found the following definitions, which seem to fit the OP's sentences.
    We do not normally use 'break' in this sense of cars.

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    Re: My Car has broken or is broken

    Natural

    My car has broken down.
    My car is broken down.
    My car broke down.

    Commonly heard but ungrammatical

    My car is broke down.

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