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    Default recasting a few sentences using different collocations with the verb "break"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning my attempt to recast a few sentences using different collocations with the verb “break” instead of the italicized words and phrases?

    1.1.He suddenly began to laugh when we asked him why he had come hatless.
    1.2.He broke into laughter when we asked him why he had come hatless.

    2.1. I’m afraid we have quarrelled for last time.
    2.2. I’m afraid we have broken for good.

    3.1. This dog is dangerous; if it gets away it will bite the children, I‘m sure.
    3.2. The dog is dangerous; if it breaks loose it will bite the children.

    4.1. He entered the office by force though the guard tried to stop him.
    4.2. He broke into the office though the guard tried to stop him.

    5.1. When we caught sight of the town-hall of our native town we started running towards.
    5.2. When we caught sight of the town-hall of our home we broke into a run towards it.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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    Default Re: recasting a few sentences using different collocations with the verb "break"

    2.1. Iím afraid we have quarrelled for good. This is a bit strange
    2.2. Iím afraid we have broken up for good. This is ok with 'up'.

    All the rest are fine.

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    Default Re: recasting a few sentences using different collocations with the verb "break"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning my attempt to recast a few sentences using different collocations with the verb “break” instead of the italicized words and phrases?

    1.1.He suddenly began to laugh whn we asked him why he had come hatless.
    1.2.He broke into laughter when we asked him why he had come hatless. Good!

    2.1. I’m afraid we have quarrelled for the last time.
    2.2. I’m afraid we have broken up for good. Wrong for friends, family, and associates. Right for lovers. Lovers break up. Friends part ways or stop talking to each other

    3.1. This dog is dangerous; if it gets away it will bite the children, I‘m sure.
    3.2. The dog is dangerous; if it breaks loose it will bite the children. Good! (The semi-colon is okay, but many American editors would change it to a period.)

    4.1. He entered the office by force though the guard tried to stop him.
    4.2. He broke into the office though the guard tried to stop him. Good!

    5.1. When we caught sight of the town-hall of our native town we started running towards.
    5.2. When we caught sight of the town hall of our home town we broke into a run towards it. Good!

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    It looks like you're really getting a sense of to break. Good work!

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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