Ok, say, you child is hold a broken spoon like in this picture

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Then you say "Sweetie, throw this broken spoon away, I will give you the good one / normal one"

What is the opposite expression of "a broken spoon": "a normal spoon" or "a good spoon"?

If we say "a good spoon", then people may think of its quality and besides "a bad spoon" may not be broken.

Also, "a normal spoon" sounds weird.

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    Had you considered "unbroken"?
    – BillJ
    Jan 25, 2020 at 10:24
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    If the child were very small, I might prefer to say "a spoon that isn't broken", rather than 'an unbroken spoon', which is a little complex and formal for a small child. I expect that the situation chosen is an imaginary one, invented for a language question, but I would never give a small child a piece of fragile brittle plastic cutlery like the one in the picture, for safety reasons. Jan 25, 2020 at 10:58
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    Yes, “unbroken spoon” is unnecessary complex and formal for children (and indeed for any informal usage). I’d just expect to hear “a new spoon” since it is perfectly obvious that the old spoon is broken and the new one won’t be. Jan 25, 2020 at 11:05
  • You could also talk of a 'spoon with a broken handle' and 'a spoon with a handle that isn't broken'. Jan 25, 2020 at 12:50

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Since, in its normal state, a spoon is unbroken, I would not personally add any adjective to describe the replacement spoon, and would think the following would be a more natural turn of phrase:

Throw this broken spoon away, I'll get you another one.

In normal conversation, it would not be necessary to explicitly state that the new spoon will be good/normal/unbroken, nor would it be necessary to clarify that "another one" is not referring to another broken spoon.

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