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    Voice is breaking

    Sometimes when you are speaking to someone on phone, the voice you hear isn't continuous because of disturbance in the phone line.

    Can we say "The voice is breaking" in this case?

    Is there a better way to put it?

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    Re: Voice is breaking

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    Sometimes when you are speaking to someone on phone, the voice you hear isn't continuous because of disturbance in the phone line.

    Can we say "The voice is breaking" in this case?

    Is there a better way to put it?
    The voice is breaking up. (Or maybe not the voice... - see below. A voice can break for two reasons: extreme emotion, and adolescence (boy>man).

    In your phone case, it's normal either to refer to the person themself ('You're breaking up. When you get to the office, can you ring me on a land-line?') or to the connection: 'The line's breaking up.' A native speaker would have no difficulty understanding if you said 'the voice is breaking up', but I don't think they'd say it; though they might...

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    Re: Voice is breaking

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    Sometimes when you are speaking to someone on phone, the voice you hear isn't continuous because of disturbance in the phone line.

    Can we say "The voice is breaking" in this case?

    Is there a better way to put it?
    There is a bad connection. The line is bad.
    Your voice is cutting in and out.

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    Re: Voice is breaking

    Thanks a lot, BobK and svartnik!

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