phrasal verbs "break down"

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ivygreen

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Please teach me an example sentence, using "break down"
(meaning: analyze, list the parts of separately)
as a separable phrasal verb.
 

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Please teach me an example sentence, using "break down"
(meaning: analyze, list the parts of separately)
as a separable phrasal verb.

Better than that, I'll give you a much used pantomime joke that uses two meanings:


'I want 12 children to come up on stage.... Right, now these 12 will be broken down by age and sex - well, it happens to us all in the end.'


The clause beginning 'Right' uses the verb in the sense 'analyse or separate'. The punch-line interprets it in the sense 'make to deteriorate through wear and tear'.

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PS Sorry, it's not separated there :oops:. If it were separated ('I will break them down by age and sex') the joke wouldn't work because it depends on the phrase 'broken down''.
 

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It should be noted that "break down" rarely appears in exactly that uninterrupted form. The subject (that which is being broken down) usually appears in the middle:

"I want you to break responses down by age and income."

As well, it is often used as a combination word:

"I want a breakdown of responses by age and income."
 
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