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    break down/up into parts

    To understand the grammar of the sentence, you must break it down/up into parts.

    I wonder if we can use both down and up in this sentence. If we can, what is the difference between them?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: break down/up into parts

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    To understand the grammar of the sentence, you must break it down/up into parts.

    I wonder if we can use both down and up in this sentence. If we can, what is the difference between them?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    I feel that "break down" is definitely the better choice.
    In this context 'break down" means a reasoned logical separation into component parts.
    'break up" is more suitable for a random splitting up, such as the ice on a lake or river breaking up in the spring

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