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!