to break up with sb

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 6 comments

to break up with sb

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 6 comments

This sentence contains the phrasal verb "to break up". Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: B1 (Intermediate)  //  Accent: North American

This sentence contains the phrasal verb "to break up". Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: B1 (Intermediate)  //  Accent: North American

Dan .

Dan his girlfriend and he still hasn't .

Dan up with his girlfriend year and he still hasn't over .

About the sentence

to break up (with somebody)

to break up (with somebody) = to end a relationship (with somebody)

If we are talking about a couple, then we can just use break up, not break up with somebody. e.g. Have you heard that Tom and Sarah broke up while they were on holiday?

When you talk about one person in a relationship, then we use break up with somebody. This might be because it was that person's decision, or just because they are more important to us. e.g. Have you heard that Tom broke up with Sarah while they were on holiday? 


Use the structure "it has been [time] since..." to communicate how much time has passed since something happened. e.g. It's been 5 years since we got married but it still feels like yesterday.

Do you remember the meaning of the other phrasal verb in this sentence? You can review it here.

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  • Have any of your friends broken up with their partners recently? What happened?

  • Do you know any couples who you think should break up? Why?

  • Is it possible to stay friends after breaking up with somebody?

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A friend broke up wilth his girlfriend recently. It was so hurt for him. I’ve tried to talk with him in this days, but he still didn’t get over.

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In some degree, breaking up with a couple will always be something sad. Getting over them could last days or months depending on the strength of feelings of each other.

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