Grammar Patterns

V into n

I.2 The 'break' group

These verbs are concerned with breaking or dividing. The prepositional phrase refers to pieces or subgroups.
The verb resolve is a link verb (see Chapter 5).
She was our life, and our hearts broke into a thousand pieces the day she died.
Gradually, over the centuries, the buildings will crumble into dust.
Let's separate into smaller groups.
When the BMW hit the barrier head on, the windscreen shattered into a thousand crazy fragments.
  • break
  • crumble
  • divide
  • fragment
  • polarize
  • resolve
  • separate
  • shatter
  • smash
  • splinter
  • split
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