My phone is not turning (getting) on

subhajit123

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Hi everyone, my phone has suddenly stopped working and is not getting on. Can I say "my phone is not turning (getting) on"? And could you please tell me another sentence that has the same meaning?
 

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My phone has suddenly stopped working and I cannot get it to restart/run again.
 
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Tdol

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My phone won't turn on/I can't turn my phone on.
 

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Ted, you wrote 'hanged' and 'frozed' instead of 'hung' and 'froze'.
 

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Aren't hanging and freezing used when a computer or phone won't work, but is turned on? I wouldn't use them for a phone that wouldn't power on.
 

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A phone or other small device that won't turn on and shows no sign of life is often said to be bricked, as in "as useful for its intended purpose as a brick".
 

Tdol

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We use that in the UK too.
 

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