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1) the cover of this book is coming off.
2) the cover of this book is coming apart.
3) the cover of this book is breaking off.
Do they all mean that the cover is too old and weak so we have to be careful when using the book?
Or are there other slight differences of meaning in these three sentences?
Thanks so much for your help.
I see it slightly differently.
To me, a book cover that's "coming apart" is losing its integrity -- perhaps separating down the middle -- as opposed to "coming off": separating from the rest of the book.
I wouldn't use "breaking off" to describe a book cover, as it's more appropriate in other scenarios that often involve nature. ("Struggling to escape the raging river, he clung to an overhanging branch until it began breaking off.")
(As my name implies, I'm a journalist, not a teacher.)
Thanks so much for your help...it's very useful to me
so you'd use "to break off" for everything connected with nature...but what about this use of "to break off"?
Ex. Sandra decided to break off a slice of bread and to put it onto the table.
In this case, the meanig of the verbs is always to make something (bread in this case) into small pieces...and it's not about nature... I'd be glad to know what you think about it.
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What's the difference between these three concepts and verbs?
That is a common misconception.
RoverConcise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
▶preposition & adverb
- 1 at, into, or across the space separating (two objects, places, or points).
- 2 in the period separating (two points in time).
- 3 [as prep.] indicating a connection or relationship involving two or more parties.