My battery died/ my phone died

siri_iris

New Member
English - United Kingdom
How can I say "Sorry I couldn't message you as my phone died"

Thanks in advance!
 
  • Iraklakos

    Senior Member
    Greek, German - Austria
    I would say "Συγγνώμη που δεν σου έστειλα μήνυμα, αλλά έμεινα από μπαταρία".
    This is slightly idiomatic, but more common I think.
     

    shawnee

    Senior Member
    English - Australian
    I'm not entirely sure, but wonder if in a very colloquial way the term «κώλοσε» could be used.
    Eg «.... κώλοσε η μπαταρία ...»
     

    Iraklakos

    Senior Member
    Greek, German - Austria
    Never heard of that one before... It would be κώλωσε btw.
    A more colloquial way I can think of is "τα 'φτυσε η μπαταρία"
     

    shawnee

    Senior Member
    English - Australian
    While I've not heard «κώλωσε», used in the context of a dead battery (spelling amended courtesy of Iraklakos, with thanks), I'm sure I've heard it in the context of a car not working for whatever reason. I guess it was a long shot.
     

    Αγγελος

    Senior Member
    Greek
    That's just the problem: κωλώνω means 'to stop moving forward' (or, in more recent years, 'to be afraid of going ahead'). It can be used of a car that stalls or of a student that stops making progress, but not of something that is not supposed to move, either literally or figuratively.
     

    Αγγελος

    Senior Member
    Greek
    Yes. It is an English idiom. One also speaks of a dead battery( (=fully discharged), and ‘die’ can be used of any machine or device that suddenly stops working and can’t be turned back on.
     
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