...almost everything can be spoilt.


Senior Member
Malaysia English
Where I live, almost everything can be spoilt.

For example, my mobile phone is spolt.
My watch is spoilt.
My pen is spoilt.

I believe the above examples show the wrong use of "spoilt".

I would like to know what are the things that can be spoilt to native speakers.

  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    In the right context, those sentences could be used, but "spoiled" doesn't mean anything like "broken."
    I bought the latest Apple phone last week and today they announce a new phone that is much better. My mobile phone is spoiled. (I was really enjoying having the latest thing and that is what has been spoiled. The phone has not been physically damaged.)
    (In American English, the word is spelled (not spelt) "spoiled.")
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