Apparently they have broken off.

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Please check the word order in my sentences below. Which of these sentences doesn't sound natural?
a. Apparently they have broken off.
b. They have broken off apparently.
c. They apparently have broken off.
d. They have apparently broken off.
 

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Can you give us some context? What are "they"?
 

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"They" are two people who were once in love.Their love ended and they are separated now.
 

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Please check the word order in my sentences below. Which of these sentences doesn't sound natural?
a. Apparently, they have broken [STRIKE]off[/STRIKE] up.
b. They have broken [STRIKE]off[/STRIKE] up, apparently.
c. They apparently have broken off. :cross: ​This word order doesn't work at all.
d. They have apparently broken [STRIKE]off[/STRIKE] up.

See above. The phrase is "broken up" if they have stopped dating each other. If a couple is engaged to be married and then they decide to cancel the wedding, we say they have "broken it off".
 
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