Phrasal verbs with break | Exercise 4

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Several phrasal verbs use the word break. Can you use them correctly? Test your knowledge with this phrasal verbs worksheet. Complete the following sentences using an appropriate phrasal verb.

1. I was late because the car broke --------------- on the way.

a) down b) up c) out

2. I think the elevators have broken ----------------- again. Then we will have to take the stairs.

a) out b) down c) up d) off

3. She could not control her emotions and broke -------------------

a) up b) down c) out

4. The firemen entered the house by breaking the window ----------------

a) out b) up c) down

5. Thieves broke ----------------- their home when they were away on a vacation.

a) down b) into c) out

6. You will have to break those boots ----------------- before you can wear them to work.

a) in b) out c) for

7. Kathy has broken ------------------- her engagement with Peter.

a) down b) in c) off

8. Riots can break ------------------ any time.

a) in b) down c) out

9. Break the window in case a fire breaks ----------------

a) out b) down c) off

10. The two prisoners who broke ---------------- the prison yesterday have been caught.

a) in b) out c) out of d) from

11. His neighbours called in the police to break --------------- his party.

a) off b) up c) down

Answers

1. I was late because the car broke down on the way.

2. I think the elevators have broken down again. Then we will have to take the stairs.

3. She could not control her emotions and broke down. (To break down is to cry.)

4. The firemen entered the house by breaking the window down. (To break something down is to destroy it.)

5. Thieves broke into their home when they were away on a vacation. (To break into a place is to enter by force.)

6. You will have to break those boots in before you can wear them to work. (To break boots in is to wear them until they are comfortable.)

7. Kathy has broken off her engagement with Peter. (To break something off is to put an end to it.)

8. Riots can break out any time.

9. Break the window in case a fire breaks out. (When fire breaks out, it begins violently.)

10. The two prisoners who broke out of the prison yesterday have been caught. (To break out of prison is to escape from prison.)

11. His neighbours called in the police to break up his party. (To break up a party is to stop it.)

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