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31 / 05 / 2010

BREAK-4: meaning and examples

Good morning everyone. I hope you had a nice weekend break.

Today we continue our look at different uses of and expressions with the English word break.

Today's expression with break is: to break down

This expression has various meanings, today we will look at two of the most common ones. Tomorrow we will look at two more.

Meaning 1: to stop working because of a fault (when speaking about machines or vehicles).

Example 1:
The telephone system in the office has broken down again. Maybe it would be easier to simply buy everyone a mobile phone.

Example 2:
Our car broke down on the way to Paris and we arrived at the meeting three hours late!

Meaning 2: to fail (when negotiating).

Example 3
The negotiations between the two governments have broken down. They may never reach an agreement.

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