Phrasal Verb: Break

Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over phrasal verbs with break. First, go over the following expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Break away To become separate; to escape; to run away
I tried to break away from him, but he was holding me too tight.
He found it hard to break away from his mother.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break down To fail to work or prove to be useless; to become weak through overwork; to be overcome by emotions
My ancient car broke down on my way to work.
She broke down during the speech about the boy’s death.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break something down To break something down is to use force to get it down
They used an ax to break the door down.
They had to break down many social prejudices to manage to succeed.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break into To begin suddenly to do something; to interrupt or divide something
The fans broke into cheers as their team scored the winning shot.
Fanny’s low voice broke into Nancy’s pleasant thoughts.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break in To make something tame or comfortable by using it; to enter illegally
I just got these new shoes, but it will take time to break them in.
The protections on the building keep thieves from breaking in.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break something off  To separate, end, or stop suddenly
He broke a branch off the tree.
Alice has broken off her engagement to Peter.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break out Begin suddenly
Cholera has broken out in the city.
Wars can break out anytime.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break up  To fall apart or break to pieces; to end a romantic relationship
Please break up the crackers into smaller pieces if you want to feed the ducks.
We 
broke up in March, after a terrible  argument.
Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break someone’s heart To cause someone great disappointment or sorrow (to disappoint in love)
It breaks my heart to hear you are leaving me.
If the verdict is guilty, it will break her mother’s heart.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break bread To eat a meal, especially in companionable association with others.
There were several chances for politicians and celebrities to meet and break bread with each other.
Now try to make a sentence using the expression.

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Was it difficult when you broke away from your parents and became independent?
  2. Have you ever broken down in front of a lot of people?
  3. In your opinion, what complicated ideas need to be broken down?
  4. Have you ever broken into a building?
  5. Does your company have a system to break in new employees?
  6. What have you recently broken off?
  7. List a few things that can ‘break out’.
  8. When was the first time you broke up with your significant other?
  9. Has anyone broken your heart?
  10. Do you think it’s okay for politicians to break bread with businessmen frequently?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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