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    failure, malfunction, breakdown

    Hi,

    could you please proofread the following sentence and tell me which expression is better (failure, malfunction, breakdown...):

    This time, the woman at the counter stated that there had been a plane breakdown and that they were waiting for a taxi carrying a technician with a replacement part from a 500 km distant place.

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Re: failure, malfunction, breakdown

    I'd just say 'malfunction' - breakdown sounds a bit terminal (no pun intended). And just 'a taxi carrying a technician with a replacement part from 500 km away'.

    Doesn't sound like much of a holiday!

    b

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