English Lesson: Phrasal Verbs with “Break”

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Let’s spend some more time today building up vocabulary. Break is used in a variety of useful phrasal verb. See how many you can think of, then check today’s lesson:

When you break away from something, you separate from that thing:

  • When the baby elephant broke away from the group, it’s mother went after it.
  • Apple is always breaking away from tradition and releasing new gadgets all the time.

Break down can mean to have an emotional release or outburst:

  • Jack broke down when he heard his grandfather had passed away.
  • The thief broke down and confessed his crime to the police.

Break down is also used when machine stop working:

  • My car broke down again. I think I need a new mechanic.
  • The printer in the office broke down, so I can’t prepare for the meeting.

Break down also means to analyze numbers in finance or budgets:

  • When we break down this financial report, it looks like the last quarter was good for the company.
  • My boss asked me to break down the sales figures for the last three years.

Break in means to enter someplace illegally when nobody is there:

  • Someone broke in to the coffee shop and stole the computer.
  • Jane has three locks on her door to prevent someone from breaking in.

Break in also means to use something new until it is comfortable and/or you are used to it:

  • A new pair of boots usually needs a week or so to break in.
  • These gloves are very stiff. Do you know how I can break them in?

Break into means to become an entertainer in music or show business:

  • Brad has been going on lots of auditions to break into television.
  • If you want to break into the music business, you’ll need talent and luck.

Break out means to escape from confinement:

  • Three prisoners broke out of the county jail last week.
  • My dog is always trying to break out of the backyard.

Break out in something means to suddenly begin performing:

  • When their football team won, the fans broke out in song.
  • At the restaurant last night, the waiter suddenly broke out in a Jack Nicholson impersonation.

Break up means to end a situation or a relationship:

  • The teacher had to break up a fight between two students.
  • My sister is much happier since she broke up with her boyfriend.

Well, that is a lot of phrasal verbs. Why don’t you break away from studying for a few minutes, then come back and review them. Thanks for studying today and feel free to suggest a topic for a one-point lesson here!

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