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    #1

    is this text ok?

    "I've just found out that my wireless mouse is not working properly. I am not sure whether it has already broken down or whether the batteries are depleted / have depleted".

    hi there,
    Is this text OK, please?
    What's the best option for the batteries, please? "Have" or "are"?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by jctgf; 10-Aug-2008 at 01:27.

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    #2

    Re: is this text ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "I've just found out that my wireless mouse is not working properly. I am not sure whether it has already broken down or whether the batteries are depleted / have depleted".
    I would say are depleted.


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    #3

    Re: is this text ok?

    batteries are depleted
    'Deplete' is to 'decrease/exhaust the supply of something'. I thought it is the power/strength that is depleted but not the battery.

    What is the best word to use to describe batteries that are very weak and need to be replaced/recharged?

    depleted/drained/flat/exhausted/discharged/used up/others?

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    #4

    Re: is this text ok?

    Hi tedtmc

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I would simply say ".... the batteries are flat"

    Best regards
    NT

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    Re: is this text ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post
    Hi tedtmc

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I would simply say ".... the batteries are flat"

    Best regards
    NT


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    #6

    Re: is this text ok?

    very interesting!
    does 'flat' imply that the battery if fully discharged?
    thanks!


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    #7

    Re: is this text ok?

    "I've just found out that my wireless mouse is not working properly. I am not sure whether it has already broken down or



    whether the batteries are flat

    or

    whether the batteries need recharging.


    ( flat just means they need recharging )

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    Re: is this text ok?

    If not, batteries may wear out, which is when they need to be replaced.

    I.

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