Broke and Broken

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How to use the words Broke and Broken?

When you break something, it’s broken, not “broke,” though a person or organization which has run out of money can be said in informal speech to be “broke.”

Otherwise, use “broke” only as the simple past tense of “break,” without a helping verb:

“Azfar broke the record,” but “The record was broken by Azfar.”

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