“My car broke.”

Broken CarReally?  Send it to the scrap yard!

Translation: « Mon auto a fracturé. »

Why wrong:  In English there are thousands of expressions called pProblem Solvedhrasal verbs that use a particle (i.e. a preposition or adverb) after a verb.  Examples of particles are up, down, in, out, on and off.  Omission of the particle can change the meaning, often quite humorously.

Correct it:  My car broke down.

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