because the ball has or is punctured.

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rituparnahoymoy

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Why has the tennis ball lost its bounce?

My ans is, because the ball has or is punctured.

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A nail has punctured the ball. The ball is punctured.

Barque

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The ball is punctured.
The ball has a hole in it.

I think you could also say "The ball is broken".

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No you couldn't. A thing has to be brittle to break. I'm sure there has been a previous thread on this. Try searching for burst/broken.

rituparnahoymoy

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No you couldn't. A thing has to be brittle to break. I'm sure there has been a previous thread on this. Try searching for burst/broken.
The ball is punctured.
The ball has a hole in it.

I think you could also say "The ball is broken".
Thanks.

Ball lost its bounce means the ball is not bouncing to its full capacity. Am I right?

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Barque

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Ball lost its bounce means the ball is not bouncing to its full capacity. Am I right?
Yes, it means it's not bouncing as much as usual or it's not bouncing properly.

Myridon

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Not necessarily. Cricket bats and baseball bats aren't brittle but they can break, to give you just two examples. And the word "break" can be used to refer to non-tangible things, so why not tennis balls?
When a bat breaks, it has a large crack in it or even falls apart into multiple pieces. With simple physical objects, "break" doesn't mean "cease to function" but "break into multiple pieces."
The ball with a tiny hole in it is basically still whole.

rituparnahoymoy

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When a bat breaks, it has a large crack in it or even falls apart into multiple pieces. With simple physical objects, "break" doesn't mean "cease to function" but "break into multiple pieces."
The ball with a tiny hole in it is basically still whole.
Why shouldn't I use " has" The ball has punctured. Shouldn't I say break, If the ball is not bouncing as much as it normally does.

Barque

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Why shouldn't I use " has" The ball has punctured.
You're referring to the condition of the ball.
The ball is punctured = The ball is in a punctured condition = The ball has a puncture in it.

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Barque

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Shouldn't I say break,
I think you can, though it seems not everyone agrees.

Another quote for you, this time from the United States Tennis Association website: If a ball breaks during a point (not just a soft ball but a ball that breaks and now has no pressure) then that ball should be replaced and a let should be played...If it is discovered that the ball is soft but not broken, that ball should be replaced however the point stands.

Balls | USTA

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