Today’s Grammar Lesson: Broke vs. Broken

As I was sitting in my car at a red light the other day, I happened to look over to my right and the car next to me had a sign in the window:


“Do not open the door on this side. It is broke.”


The correct usage would be: “It is broken.”


Another option: “Someone broke this door.”


“Broke” is a verb (well, mostly it’s a verb.  It is also popularly used as an adjective, commonly used to mean “out of money”–but in the above example with the car door, it’s a verb, b/c I doubt that the person who wrote the note on the door meant that the car door was out of money. LOL).


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