If a saying 'cars are broken' is true, can it mean one car is broken as 'any/some cars are broken' is? Or should I use any/some?

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    By the way, Your question misuses 'infer'. A Tom Sharpe 'Wilt' novel explained the difference. Policeman: Are you inferring I’m an idiot? Wilt: No, I’m implying you’re an idiot. You see, the listener infers, the speaker implies. – Old Brixtonian Nov 19 '20 at 10:36

First of all, we don't describe a car as 'broken'. If the engine doesn't work, it has broken down.

Cars is plural and cannot mean one car.

The car has broken down.

The cars have broken down.

Does this help with what you were trying to say?


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