LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/NOV/2005 1:37 PM|
|Assunto:||the rubber band "rompeu-se"|
You can use: TO RIP or RIP APART, TO TEAR or TEAR APART, TO SPLIT, TO BREAK or BREAK APART. I wouldn´t use BREAK OFF , which has almost the same meaning but is slightly different in usage.
Synonyms: tear, rip, rend, split, cleave
Cleave most often refers to splitting with or as if with a sharp instrument: The butcher cleft the side of beef into smaller portions.
Break is the most general: The window was broken by vandals. I broke my arm when I fell. That delicate ornament will break easily.
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