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    broken

    1-My car is broken.
    2-My car is broken down.


    Which of these sentences mean:
    a-My car is damaged so badly that it won't run.
    and which can be used if
    b-My car is not seriously damaged (maybe something is wrong with the door...)


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    Re: broken

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-My car is broken.
    2-My car is broken down.


    Which of these sentences mean:
    a-My car is damaged so badly that it won't run.
    and which can be used if
    b-My car is not seriously damaged (maybe something is wrong with the door...)

    Both mean that something is preventing your car from operating, so it will be a mechanical fault and not just something wrong with the door. We do not usually say the car is broken - if it has been in an accident, we would probably say "My car is smashed up"; "My car is a write-off".

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