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break off phrasal verbBreak off has a few different meanings. In this lesson phrasal verb break off, we are going to focus on how it means ‘to end a relationship’. You will hear it being used to describe a romantic relationship and also a business relationship.

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Phrasal Verb Lesson:
Break Off – Separable Phrasal Verb

Romantic relationship example:

  • Steve and Amanda had to break their relationship off (separable)
  • Steve and Amanda had to break off their relationship (used inseparably)

Business relationship example:

  • After 10 years of being in business together, John and Richie had to break it off.
  • John and Ritchie closed their restaurant and broke off their business relationship.

Note: You cannot use ‘break off’ to describe friendships. Only business relationships or romantic relationships.

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