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    break up a vase

    Hi,
    is it natural to use break up in a breaking sense with a physical object, as in The child broke up the vase, as an alternative to break without up?
    Thanks.

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    Re: break up a vase

    No.

    You can use "break up" when to make something smaller but still keep parts that go together - I broke up the class into four teams of four.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: break up a vase

    Thank you, Barb_D. But then, can you drop up in cases where you can use break up? Apart from your example, also in:
    1/ She broke up a chocolate bar.
    2/ The river ice finally broke up.
    I'm trying to find out to what extent break - break up are interchangeable.

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    Re: break up a vase

    "To break up" means "to divide" or "to separate". "To break" means "to damage".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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