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It didn't take long for the police to arrive and break _____ the fight.

This prison is considered the most secure in the country since no prisoner has ever been able to break _____ of it.

Jill gets blisters every time she wears new shoes, but she usually breaks the shoes _____ after two or three walks.

Because of financial difficulties, the owners decided to break ____ the company and sell off the pieces to pay their debt.

After several miles of a close-run marathon, the Polish racer broke _____ from the pack to take a commanding lead.

Having invented many gadgets that failed to sell well, Thomas finally had a ______ with his wireless blowdryer.

Although his first two novels sold well, Jacob's third novel is considered his ______ work and the one that made him a household name.

Kyle must be allergic to something in that dish because not long after dinner, he broke _______ in a rash all over his face.

The old ice machine, which had already been repaired several times, finally broke ________ for good.

A business that merely breaks ________ each month will not last very long. If you're not making a profit, you're out of business.


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89 Comments on “8 Phrasal Verbs with BREAK: break in, break up, break through…”


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Hello Adam! Thank you for the lesson. By the way, what’s the difference between Nervous breakdown & Mental breakdown?

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

    Hi Feles,

    I think they are essentially the same thing. People don’t like to say ‘mental’ these days, so nervous seems a little less harsh.

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

Hi Adam.
I think You forgot to explain about breakthrough? could u give us some more example of using this verb/noun?

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

    Hi Haman,

    A breakthrough is a discovery or a major step forward in a process. For example, scientists who research cures for diseases sometimes have a breakthrough and find the right medicine to treat the disease.

    Does this help?

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

      Thanks

      Friday, July 13th 2018

      aaaw yeaah….perfect..it helped a lot…thank u so much

      Friday, July 13th 2018

Thanks Adam. Very interesting and useful lesson.
A smile.

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Thank you Adam!!!
Phrasal verbs are always hard to remember, but every time you upload a video about them, you make it easier.
Thanks ;)

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Adam you’re an awesome teacher. Your lessons are incredible and extremely useful. More phrasal verbs and advanced lessons in general, please!

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Thank you! I like it!

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Hello, Adam!
I want to ask – do you have some lessons about Sequences of Times? I’ve searched, and I couldn’t find any. May be in English there is some different name for this grammar theme?

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Oh, I am sorry, I don’t know how to edit messages here. I meant Sequence of Tenses, not Times ) Sorry)

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

    Hi Uluna,

    I’m not sure what you mean exactly. Do you mean from past to future?
    The tenses are
    past, present, future; simple, perfect, continuous
    infinitive

    Can you give me an example if this is not what you meant?
    Present:

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

      no, I mean – how to create a sentence, when you retell some situation.
      For example yesterday I saw my friend, and she told me
      – I saw this movie!
      And today I want to tell my sister about it. I must tell something like this:
      “I met my friend yesterday, and she SAID to me, that she HAD SEEN this movie”
      So in direct speech my friend told me “I have seen” and when I am retelling this information to my sister, I change Present Perfect to Past Perfect.
      In our classbooks theme, that describes this rules (how one time changes to another) is called Sequence of Tenses
      I know, my answer is very long, but I don’t know how else to explain it=) sorry)

      Saturday, July 7th 2018

        The general rule is “one tense back’– in reported speech, you will go back one tense when retelling.

        However, you also need to be careful about the difference between tell and say.

        She told that — one tense back

        she said “same as original tense”.

        If you don’t use a quote “_”, then it’s the same as tell:
        she said that — one tense back.
        She will go to the store — she told me she would go…
        she is going — she told me she was going

        etc.

        Does this help?

        Saturday, July 21st 2018

          Thank you, Adam! that does help)

          Sunday, August 5th 2018

Tkank you Adam. It’s Always a pleasure to learn with you.

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Hi Adam. Your lessons always clear and I like your style. Keep it up!

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

    you are right my friend

    Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Thank you Adam.

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Thank you teacher….!!

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Thank you Adam for an interesting lesson.love how you teach have a great weekend .

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Phrasal verb was very hard to remember….but thanks a lot for the tutorial video..🤗

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Thank you for this lesson!

Sunday, June 3rd 2018

Hello, Adam, thanks. Please tell me if I was trading a stake on the stock exchange today at zero, I can say that I am at a break-even point. If my drawdown today was minus two percent, how can I call it in English with a phrasal verb? If I did plus three percent then what phrasal verb can I use

Sunday, June 3rd 2018

    Hi Tanushka,

    The verb is break even (I broke even on my investment.) Breakeven is the noun.

    As for up and down movement, there is go up and go down (my stocks went down/up 2 points today).

    If they fall really fast and by a lot, they took a nosedive.

    Does this help?

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

      thanks, Adam. you’re super!

      Thursday, June 21st 2018

thank you teacher

Sunday, June 3rd 2018

Good tips about these phrasal verbs! Thanks Adam!

Sunday, June 3rd 2018

I have a question for you. “Break into one’s savings”, what does it mean? Thanks for all your lessons.

Monday, June 4th 2018

    Hi Emmolina,

    It means to to take money that you were saving for the future. If you have a piggy bank then you break it to get he money.

    Hope this helps.

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

Thank you so much sir for this lesson and I’m looking forward to your next lesson.

Monday, June 4th 2018

Thank you Adam, this lesson has helped me to clear old doubts.

Monday, June 4th 2018

Hello Adam thanks for this interesting lesson . Have a great time .good bye .

Monday, June 4th 2018

The best teacher! Thanks!

Monday, June 4th 2018

I failed

Monday, June 4th 2018

    That’s okay, just keep trying!

    Tuesday, June 5th 2018

    I failed too

    Tuesday, June 12th 2018

      It takes time and practice Alesia. Keep at it ;)

      Thursday, June 21st 2018

    It takes time and practice Romnick. Keep at it ;)

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

Good video, Adam. I love the phrasel verb videos.
By the way, I have question. In School I read that you don’t say “Good day”, but I heard it quite a lot. So, is it fine to use Good day in a normal conversation?

Tuesday, June 5th 2018

    Sure, Jim. It’s actually not uncommon.

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

Yeah, I think we want to know more about breakthrough… ;)

Tuesday, June 5th 2018

    Hi Emanuela,

    A breakthrough is a discovery or a major step forward in a process. For example, scientists who research cures for diseases sometimes have a breakthrough and find the right medicine to treat the disease.

    Hope this helps.

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

      Explained beautifully and yes it helps a lot! That’s why I adore you! ☺️

      Friday, June 22nd 2018

Hi Adam, I’m new student! And I’m training my English! Hope you help me! :D

Tuesday, June 5th 2018

    Welcome Sherly :). I’ll do my best.

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

Sir I am from India present I prepared for competitive exams.I that exams having English section this section is very tough to me and in this section comprehension is very lengthy giving time 7-9 minutes 10 questions given. Passages based on economy and modern technology how to solved please guide me “ADAM” sir.

Tuesday, June 5th 2018

    Hi Nraju,

    The best advice I can give is to build your vocab base. Read every day and make sure you know how to understand the questions so that you can go through them fast and get to the answers quickly.

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

      Thank you sir !

      Thursday, June 21st 2018

Thank you Adam i got eight out of ten

Wednesday, June 6th 2018

Hi, Adam. Can you make a video about the difference between another, other, others, the other and the others?

Wednesday, June 6th 2018

Thank you for this lesson.

Wednesday, June 6th 2018

how to solve comprehension in 7-9 minutes answered 10 questions that comprehension based on economy, country’s GDP and modern technology please guide me ADAM sir

Wednesday, June 6th 2018

Thank you very much Adam! You are so kind and your lessons are so interesting! I will try to study more and more))

Friday, June 8th 2018

I like it!

Friday, June 8th 2018

Hi Adam! You are simply Awesome professor of the language! Wowwwwww! I would always like to have your fantastic teaching procedures and OUTSTANDING classes on a regular basis covering all the probable topics ! Thanks a lot to you and intend to show you gratitude for your unparalleled and unmatched guidance towards success! Stay always blessed !

Saturday, June 9th 2018

Why don’t you make a lesson about how to divide a word at the end of the line?
For example: hap-py, beauti-ful, cup-board, splen-dour.

Saturday, June 9th 2018

    Hi Emmolina,

    You mean syllable breaks? Ideally, try to avoid having these in your text. Otherwise, make sure that you break the word on a syllable. For example, happy shouldn’t be broken at all because it’s a short word, but cup-board is ok because you have the two nouns split into wholes.

    Ultimately, it depends on the style guide you are using.

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

hey thank you very much .learn any word in albanaian cuz is beautiful language

Saturday, June 9th 2018

Thank you Adam!

Saturday, June 9th 2018

hey adam thanks for this great lesson about phrasal verbs

Saturday, June 9th 2018

How to go to the next lesson?

Tuesday, June 12th 2018

    Hi Yenglee,

    On the homepage are all the recent lessons. You can also do a search for other topics.

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

thank you adam

Tuesday, June 12th 2018

Thank a lot Adam for your good lessons!!!

Wednesday, June 13th 2018

Why answer to 6 is (breakthrough) not (breakout)?

Thursday, June 14th 2018

    Hi OmrHsn,

    Breakthrough means a discovery, or a way to get over a difficulty. If he had slow sales, but suddenly his sales went up very quickly, that would be a breakout.

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

Hello Adam! Need your advice. Sometimes dictionaries suggest that the word is both countable and uncountable, sometimes it’s more confusing when it has only one meaning. How should I use these words? For example the word “computation”. Longman and Cambridge show that it’s noun [countable, uncountable].

Friday, June 15th 2018

    Hi Alexander,

    Take notice of the context. Computations are what computers do to solve a problem. (1+1=2 is a computation)

    The uncountable is the process of computing.

    Most dictionaries will give you situations for the countable and uncountable.

    Does this help?

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

I have been watching your videos for almost a year and the learning process have never been better than now! :) I just want to express my gratitude to you! My finals are coming up and your lessons are very helpful for me! I watch any of your videos or other teacher’s ones when I want to practice my English and it’s definitely my favourite method to study! Anyway, sorry for my mistakes, I swear that I will not stop watching your videos and taking quizs. Thanks again!

Saturday, June 16th 2018

    Good luck Zayana :)

    Thursday, June 21st 2018

Brake explanation very excellent Mr.ADAM.
Thank you very much.

Saturday, June 16th 2018

Great lesson Adam, COME TO SEE WORLD CUP IN OUR HOME!

Sunday, June 17th 2018

Thanks Adam, very clear lesson with good teacher

Wednesday, June 20th 2018

Thank you so much Adam. You lesson helps me a lot. I appreciate it.

Thursday, June 21st 2018

Thanks everyone :)

Thursday, June 21st 2018

Guru please let me know the meaning of the idiom you are on top of the world

Saturday, June 23rd 2018

    Hi Srija,

    It means you are very happy about something. When you get married, get a job, have a child, etc. you feel like you’re on top of the world.

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

      Thanks ever so much

      Saturday, August 4th 2018

Hey, Adam you r superb teacher. I become happy while I watch you on engvid I love your videos and contents.

Thursday, July 5th 2018

Thanks Adam, I was practising two times this quiz and seeing the video, and finally I get a 70% score. Surely, I must to practice more.

Thursday, July 5th 2018

Omg I failed this type of lesson is a bit hard for me

Thursday, July 5th 2018

    Keep trying Issam ;)

    Saturday, July 21st 2018

what does break in for good mean (quiz number 9)

Sunday, August 5th 2018

Adam 👍it’s difficult for me to find you here. I like your teaching method.it’s clear and easy to understand.i’m from China and studying English in Ireland now.thanks a million.

Saturday, August 11th 2018

Different meanings but the same senses about break or stopping something, I guess it difficult to know what’s the correct situation for each phrasal verb.

Thank you Sir!

Wednesday, August 15th 2018
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