Today we are going to talk about the phrasal verb “to break up”.
The boy is sad because his parents have broken up.
We use “to break up” to talk about relationships such as a marriage or a partnership that come to an end. A relationship breaks up when people that once wanted to be together, now want be separated.
NOW, let me give you other examples…
They seemed so happy together that it was a big surprise to see their marriage break up.
Relationships can break up but also someone can choose to break up with someone else.
She was very sad after Jim broke up with her last summer.
This happens because “to break up” can be both transitive and intransitive.
Breaking up with someone you love can be painful and very difficult, but remember:
“A breakup is like a broken mirror. It is better to leave it broken than hurt yourself to fix it.”
Notice that in this quote we are using the noun “breakup” and it is written together.