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    hello.
    I found a sentence in a book, and I think it is grammatically wrong.

    the sentence is "I broke up the lamp to fit into the box."

    shouldn't it be "I broke up the lamp to fit it into the box.", if it's the lamp that goes into the box, not me?

    and one more question, can I change "broke up the lamp" to "broke down the lamp" keeping the meaning same?

    thank you in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karina1 View Post
    hello.
    I found a sentence in a book, and I think it is grammatically wrong.

    the sentence is "I broke up the lamp to fit into the box."

    shouldn't it be "I broke up the lamp to fit it into the box.", if it's the lamp that goes into the box, not me?

    and one more question, can I change "broke up the lamp" to "broke down the lamp" keeping the meaning same?

    thank you in advance!
    If you break up the lamp, you won't be able to use it.
    You should say, 'I take the lamp apart' or 'I disassemble the lamp'
    Yes, there should be an 'it' after 'fit'.

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    Default Re: to fit into the box?

    thanks for your reply.

    but, as far as I know "break sth up" means to separate them.

    just check it out on an online english dictionary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karina1 View Post
    thanks for your reply.

    but, as far as I know "break sth up" means to separate them.

    just check it out on an online english dictionary.
    Yes, to separate something destructively.

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