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    Oceanlike is offline Senior Member
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    was the sudden breakdown of

    In a synthesis exercise, my answer to the following question was:

    Q: The washing machine suddenly broke down. Mother was frustrated.

    My answers: What frustrated Mother was the sudden breakdown/breaking down of the washing machine.
    (I have to start with 'What frustrated Mother......)

    Can both 'breakdown' and 'breaking down' be grammatically correct? I only know that they sound right.

    Thank you!

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    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
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    Re: was the sudden breakdown of

    They're both OK in BrE.

    There are other possibilities, such as "What frustrated Mother was that the washing machine had suddenly broken down".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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