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    #1

    Smile I am broke.

    I am broke.
    I am broken.
    My English is broke.
    My English is broken.




    Are all of the above grammatically right and meaningful? If yes, what are the tricky differences? Thanks.

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    Re: I am broke.

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    I am broke.
    I am broken.
    My English is broke.
    My English is broken.




    Are all of the above grammatically right and meaningful? If yes, what are the tricky differences? Thanks.
    I am broke. - correct
    or
    I go/went broke. idiom meaning
    a. to become destitute of money or possessions.
    b. to go bankrupt: In that business people are forever going broke.

    broke - adjective meaning penniless or without money.

    My English is broken.- correct, or
    I still speak broken English.

    broken - adjective meaning imperfectly spoken, as language, or

    broken = spoken in a halting or fragmentary manner, as under emotional strain: He uttered a few broken words of sorrow.

    broken - Definitions from Dictionary.com
    Last edited by Teia; 15-Oct-2007 at 16:14.

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    Re: I am broke.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    My English is broken.- correct, or
    I still speak broken English.
    This meaning of the adjective can only be used attributively (ie before a noun).

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    Re: I am broke.

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    This meaning of the adjective can only be used attributively (ie before a noun).
    Oh, you are right!


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    #5

    Re: I am broke.

    broke is what I am most of the time...

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    Cool Re: I am broke.

    Quote Originally Posted by meez View Post
    broke is what I am most of the time...
    Then I think it's time you did something about that, meez.
    Sometimes you have to invest in yourself, you know.


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    Re: I am broke.

    You mean work, don't you? Have heard of that but didn't like what people told me about it..

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    Re: I am broke.

    Quote Originally Posted by meez View Post
    You mean work, don't you? Have heard of that but didn't like what people told me about it..
    Are you for the abolition of work and replace it with some other activities?

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    Talking Re: I am broke.

    Quote Originally Posted by meez View Post
    You mean work, don't you? Have heard of that but didn't like what people told me about it..
    I exactly know what you mean by that!

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