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    break down


    The paragraph reads:

    "When the rules tightened up, the students had to be more creative and the competition around the board broke down. They had to work together to reach their individual goals. In the end, they collectively earned more points."

    Pls explain what exactly "break down" here mean. No one won the competition, right?

    Thank you, Beeja

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    Re: break down

    Because they had to work together, there was no competition.

    PS: Please do not use chatspeak (pls, for instance).
    Last edited by charliedeut; 18-Jul-2013 at 09:50. Reason: added PS
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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