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    come off and break off

    The definition that I've found on the dictionary about this two phrasal verbs is the following one:
    to break off: when something breaks off or someone breaks something off, a part or a smaller piece is separated from something larger by force;
    to come off: when something comes off, it becomes detached from what it was attached or fastened to.

    Now, this means that someone can break something off, but at the same time that someone cannot come something off, doesn't it?

    What about these two sentences: 1) Be careful with this old book; the cover's coming off.
    2) Watch out for that cover! You're going to break it off!

    Don't the mean the same thing, despite what the definition said?

    Or what about this? 1) One of the arms broke off the statue when it fell off the pedestal.
    2) One of the arms came off after it fell off the pedestal.
    What's the difference between these sentences?

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    Re: come off and break off

    Any teacher or mothertongue who can help me with this, please?

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    #3

    Re: come off and break off

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Any teacher or mothertongue who can help me with this, please?
    "someone can break something off, but someone cannot come something off"
    You have answered your own question.

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