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    Break

    What's the difference between this and 'broken\split up'?

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    Re: Break

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    What's the difference between this and 'broken\split up'?
    I think the difference is transitive/intransitive. Broken off takes an object, while split up does not.

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    I'd agree- you 'break off' something- an engagement, and use the others when you're just talking about the people.

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