I tried to turn on the light(bulb) but the bulb didn't/won't light up.

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rituparnahoymoy

Senior Member
Assamese -India
I tried to turn on the light(bulb) but the bulb didn't light up.

Or

I tried to turn on the light(bulb) but the bulb won't light up.

Should I use didn't or won't ?
 
  • Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    With "didn't", you are reporting on that one try.
    With "won't", you are drawing a conclusion that there is something wrong with the bulb.
    (You can omit the "bulb" in parentheses.)
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Aside:
    Didn't/won't/wouldn't light up is not idiomatic in BE - "I tried to turn on the light(bulb) but it didn't come on/but it didn't work/but it had gone1."

    1 Gone is used when the bulb is not functioning/is burned out, etc.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Do you really use "globe" in Australian English, little ripper?

    I tried to turn the light on, but nothing happened - it needed a new bulb.
     
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