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    Default Break up with or break up on

    Hi
    Usually i use "break up with somebody", is it appropriate to use "break up on somebody"? If yes, could you tell me the difference?
    wha-wha-what did you say?
    oh, you're breaking up on me…
    sorry, i cannot hear you, i'm kinda busy.

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    Default Re: Break up with or break up on

    Quote Originally Posted by Smoking hot View Post
    Hi
    Usually i use "break up with somebody", is it appropriate to use "break up on somebody"? If yes, could you tell me the difference?
    wha-wha-what did you say?
    oh, you're breaking up on me…
    sorry, i cannot hear you, i'm kinda busy.
    In the (telephone) conversation you've given, "breaking up" means that the phone line has a fault in it, or static. "You're breaking up on me" means "your voice is coming and going" and has nothing to do with ending a relationship with someone (which is what the other term means).

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