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    broken and damage

    Dear teachers,

    I asked the question last time and got the answer that 'broken' would make sense.

    But my wife was killed a year later in a car accident. I was completely _______.
    a. broken b. shattered
    I have another question: Can I use 'damaged'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: broken and damage

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I asked the question last time and got the answer that 'broken' would make sense.

    But my wife was killed a year later in a car accident. I was completely _______.
    a. broken b. shattered
    I have another question: Can I use 'damaged'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    just a student.

    I think "completely broken" is used to describe a financial situation.

    My first choice would be ''completely devastated'' but, considering it's not an option here, I'd stick with "shattered" then.

    I think you can also say "broken-hearted".

    I don't think you can use ''damaged'' here. You can say, however, ''The truck hit my car yesterday. It's completely damaged".

    just a student.

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    Re: broken and damage

    'Shattered' is by far the best option.

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    Re: broken and damage

    Dear jctgf,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    jiang
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    just a student.

    I think "completely broken" is used to describe a financial situation.

    My first choice would be ''completely devastated'' but, considering it's not an option here, I'd stick with "shattered" then.

    I think you can also say "broken-hearted".

    I don't think you can use ''damaged'' here. You can say, however, ''The truck hit my car yesterday. It's completely damaged".

    just a student.

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    Re: broken and damage

    Dear bhaisahab,

    Thank you very much for your help. Now I see.

    jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    'Shattered' is by far the best option.


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    Re: broken and damage

    The news of a tragic event may shatter a person, meaning that emotionally they are devastated/greatly upset. This usually refers to the impact of the shock of some news. Hence, 'shatter' in your sentence.

    Does he recover and pick up his life, build a new life? Or is he a 'broken man'? Particularly, say, if his wife and children were all killed

    broken :he has had his emotional strength and spirit crushed and feels as if he own life is over as well - "He is now a broken man."

    damaged: figuratively, when we talk about a person being 'damaged', we are referring to something like terrible childhood experiences which have affected (damaged) the person's emotional development, causing problems in their ability to establish warm relationships with others, in being able to trust others.
    Last edited by David L.; 25-Nov-2008 at 15:22.

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    Re: broken and damage

    Dear David,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    According to what you explained just now, if 'he has had his emotional strength and spirit crushed and feels as if he own life is over as well' then "He is broken". Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    The news of a tragic event may shatter a person, meaning that emotionally they are devastated/greatly upset. This usually refers to the impact of the shock of some news. Hence, 'shatter' in your sentence.

    Does he recover and pick up his life, build a new life? Or is he a 'broken man'? Particularly, say, if his wife and children were all killed

    broken :he has had his emotional strength and spirit crushed and feels as if he own life is over as well.


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    I added that extra sentence in an edit as a proof read. Your query beat me to it! I also added 'damaged'.

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    Dear David,

    Could you please kindly explain what this "beat me to it" mean? And can I say "He was destroyed'?

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I added that extra sentence in an edit as a proof read. Your query beat me to it! I also added 'damaged'.
    Last edited by jiang; 25-Nov-2008 at 15:31.


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    You realized that my post would be clearer if I gave a specific example of how 'broken' might be used.

    I post, edit, add, post, proofread, post ...as I write, so that if there's a power failure/whatever, what I've just done is not lost. This means that you may read my post before it is all done. I saw that I needed to add a sentence using 'broken', which I did as an edit; then saw your next post, asking me how to use 'broken'.

    You read my post and asked the question before I had time to realize myself that I should add a sentence. We both had the same idea, but before I could act, you beat me to it and asked me about that in another post.

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