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    #1

    smash up

    Are the following sentences acceptable? Which is idiomatic? If not, is there another natural expression?

    1. When trust disintegrates, society will collapse.
    2. When trust crumbles, society will go to pieces.
    3. When trust breaks down, society will smash up.

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    #2

    Re: smash up

    1 is very natural, 2 is somewhat less so. 3 is not.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: smash up

    not a teacher

    I would use this combination: When trust breaks down, society will collapse.

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