How did the window broke?

How was the window broken?

How the window broken?

Do all the above sentences mean same meaning?

Which one is more common?

Please help. Thanks in advance.

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    I think you copied the questions incorrectly from your book when you wrote them here to ask this question. You should look back at your source because I don't think a grammar book would have constructions one and three since they are impossible to say under the rules of English grammar.
    – Nick
    Dec 3, 2017 at 15:16
  • Actually, first sentence was a stupid mistake by me. I know that there should be "break" instead of "broke". Second one is from the book. Third one, i just made it to know is it ok to say that simple in informal speech.
    – Raj 33
    Dec 3, 2017 at 15:20

2 Answers 2


First off, I want to start off saying that only the second example is an English question; the other examples you've listed are written using poor English grammar:

How did the window broke? (Not possible; terrible grammar)

How was the window broken?

How the window broken? (Not possible; terrible grammar)

What you meant to write for the first example is this:

How did the window BREAK?

For the third example, I think you meant to write:

How did the window get broken?


How did the window become broken?

Now to answer your question: after I have corrected the sentences so that they make sense grammatically, all three of your examples mean the same thing. As for which one is said more often, I can only guess as I have no evidence to prove this, but I would say that your first example, after being corrected by me so that it be grammatical, is probably the most common of the three examples:

How did the window break?

I hope that might have helped you out. Take care and good luck.

  • Thanks. Actually, first sentence was a stupid mistake by me. Anyhow thanks for pointing that. Does this mean same meaning? "How did the window break?" "How was the window broken?"
    – Raj 33
    Dec 3, 2017 at 15:17
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    Yes, the former is in the active voice and the second is in the passive voice.
    – Nick
    Dec 3, 2017 at 15:22

The first and third sentences are ungrammatical, so we could say they have no meaning, and are both less common than the correct one, "How was the window broken?"

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