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I must ask someone a few things.

When I say :
"Im broke anyway." ( In the meaning I have no money,Is the verb break in that contex always in the past tense?)



tnx a lot

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  • Yes, it's always "broke". This is because it's not really a past form of "to break", it's a whole, idiomatic, constructions to be broke, where broke is a non-standard or/and archaic past participle form of to break, not a past form.

    It also appears in to go broke (become destitute, go bankrupt) and in another idiom to go for broke - to do your best, and beyond.



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