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What does "breaking up" mean?



 
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What does "breaking up" mean? #1 (permalink) Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:52 am   What does "breaking up" mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #236 "Common Phrases and Respones (2)", question 4

Are Cindy and Max breaking up? .........

(a) They had a break-in last week.
(b) Yes, they're so cute together.
(c) Yes, they're getting married.
(d) Yes, unfortunately, they can't fix their problems.

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #236 "Common Phrases and Respones (2)", answer 4

Are Cindy and Max breaking up? Yes, unfortunately, they can't fix their problems.

Correct answer: (d) Yes, unfortunately, they can't fix their problems.
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What does "breaking up" mean? #2 (permalink) Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:54 am   What does "breaking up" mean?
 

Hi,

'Break up' when used in personal relationships usually means that two people are no longer together.

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What does "breaking up" mean? #3 (permalink) Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:28 am   What does "breaking up" mean?
 

Curiously, 'break it up!' also means 'stop fighting!'.

Other uses of 'break up':

To go on holiday: school breaks up on Wednesday.

You're breaking up (when talking on a mobile phone): I can't hear you very well.

Now, if the weather breaks up, would you say it's getting better or worse?
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What does "breaking up" mean? #4 (permalink) Tue Feb 06, 2007 16:19 pm   What does "breaking up" mean?
 

When a storm breaks up, the weather improves.
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