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Kaputt und Beschädigt

I can't work out the difference between these two words. Does anyone know?

2/28/2018, 4:06:34 AM

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beschädigt = damaged

kaputt = broken

2/28/2018, 7:03:37 AM

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thanks

2/28/2018, 10:18:18 PM

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in my opinion, kaputt is no longer functioning while beschädigt is damaged. If the paintwork of your car has been scratched with a key it is definitely "beschädigt" while you still can drive the car. If the motor isn't working, your car is "kaputt" (or the engine is simply turned off;-)

2/28/2018, 6:11:14 AM

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Thanks

2/28/2018, 11:54:04 AM

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Also, in English you can use the word “broken” for both “gebrochen” or “kaputt”. Whereas “gebrochen” means that something must be in pieces, “broken” could just mean that something is not functioning.

2/28/2018, 6:44:00 PM

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thanks

2/28/2018, 10:18:24 PM

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Apart from the things that are already mentioned, kaputt is infomal, beschädigt is formal.

2/28/2018, 1:54:32 PM
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