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    were broken up.

    Just in a month, I and my English have improved a lot, all thanks to people here. I should have known better.

    Today while I was watching a TV show, I heard an actress says "We were broken up" but as far as I know, It should

    be " We broke up" Or I broke up with him", right? Then, Why native speakers say different expresstions from what

    we learned here? Please, tell me which one is right? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: were broken up.

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Just in a month, I and my English have improved a lot, all thanks to people here. I should have known better.

    Today while I was watching a TV show, I heard an actress says "We were broken up" but as far as I know, It should

    be " We broke up" Or I broke up with him", right? Then, Why native speakers say different expresstions from what

    we learned here? Please, tell me which one is right? Thanks in advance.
    It depends what she meant. If she means that she and her boyfriend 'split up', then 'we broke up' is right.
    "We were broken up" could mean that external forces split them up as a couple, for example, their parents.
    "We were broken up" also means "we were devastated" - eg. by the death of one of their friends - and nothing to do with the couple parting ways.

    The reason you can't learn all possible expressions in a course, or from a book, etc. is that there are too many, and yes, there are also different ways of saying the same thing.
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    Re: were broken up.

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Then, Why native speakers say different expresstions from what

    we learned here?
    It's not unusual for native speakers to make mistakes when talking. Speech is not like writing- people say things, correct themselves, repeat themselves, forget what they were saying, change direction, etc. With writing, you can check and correct things, change the wording, etc. When speaking, our focus is on the meaning, so you will hear things like that, though, as Raymott has said, this example is not necessarily wrong.

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    Re: were broken up.

    Thanks for the great help to Raymott and Tdol!!

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