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Can I say,

(a) The car is / was broken down.

(b) The car broke down last week.

(c) The car has broken down.
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Hi,
Can I say 'The car broke last week' instead of 'The car broke down last week.'

Can I say 'The car is out of order' instead of 'The car is broke down'?

Is there any difference between them

Thanks a lot.
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AnonymousHi,
Can I say 'The car broke last week' instead of 'The car broke down last week.' No

Can I say 'The car is out of order' instead of 'The car has broken down'? Yes

Is there any difference between them No

Thanks a lot.
Hi Feebs11,

Thanks to you for the answer.

I can't understand why 'broke' cannot be used this way as in 'The car broke last week'?

Doesn't it mean to stop working properly? Or it can be used this way and not mean the same as 'The car broke down last week'?

Thanks a lot.
Little things break. My watch broke, the plate broke.

You don't say, idiomatically, "The car broke," although grammatically it's okay.
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Hi GG,

'My watch broke'

Do you mean the watch was made to separate into two or more pieces or mean it just can't work without separating into pieces?

Thank you very much.
No, the little springy thing inside may have snapped, or even the watch crystal could have a crack in it - and I'd say "Darn it! I've broken the crystal on my watch" even if it were in one piece.
Hi GG,

Thank you very much for your answer.

Can I say 'The watch has broken down'? If yes, What is the difference between ' The watch has broken down' and 'The watch has broken'? Thanks!
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