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It's Not Easy to "Split Up" with Your Partner

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 @ 09:21 AM

split upToday's phrasal verb lesson is about the verb "split up."

We use this verb when we talk about relationships ending.

Here is a sample sentence:


"When did you and John split up?"




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Split up


  • split up coupleMeaning: This has a similar meaning to "break up." We use this verb when two people separate and end a relationship. It can also be used when a group separates such as a band.

  • Grammar tip: This phrasal verb is not separable- you cannot add anything between "split" and "up"

  • Examples: "When did the Beatles split up?" or "My parents split up when I was five years old."







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Topics: Phrasal Verbs

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