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In this Quick Tok episode, Jack explains the differences between the phrasal verbs break down and break up.
“Break down” and “Break up”:
“Break down” means to stop working or functioning, usually referring to mechanical or organizational failures. For example: “My car broke down on the highway.”
“Break up” means to end a relationship or to disperse a group of people. For example: “They decided to break up after being together for five years.”
These two phrasal verbs are commonly interchanged, especially in emotional contexts, but they have distinct meanings related to malfunction and relationship endings, respectively. It’s essential to use the correct one depending on the context in which they are being used.
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