Break Out

Break Out

Infinitive: Break Out
Present Tense: Break Out/ Breaks Out
-ing Form: Breaking Out
Past Tense: Broke Out
Past Participle: Broken Out
It is a non-separable phrasal verb that can
be used in three ways
  1. 1

    To escape from a place, situation or way of life.
    [Noun] {Breakout} A violent escape.

    Tim had been wanting to break out of his boring routine for some time, so he enrolled in a martial arts and cooking class.
    Alcatraz shut down after its reputation for being inescapable was shattered by three prisoners who broke out and were never found.
    There was a breakout from a jail in Russia two weeks ago, and the prisoners are still at large.

  2. 2

    When a disease, war, or fight starts.

    If a war breaks out, the entire world will be doomed.
    During the Occupy Movement, many fights broke out between the protestors and the police.

  3. 3

    When something appears on your skin.

    Mary used Sara's make-up brush and broke out the next day.
    Jim breaks out in a sweat whenever he speaks in public.

Break Out
  1. When the Los Angeles riots _____ _____ in the 90's, it affected the whole nation.
  2. When it gets really cold, I ____ _____ in goosebumps.
  3. Liam has been so much happier ever since he ____ _____ of his old routine.
  4. Did you hear about the man who tried to _____ _____ of prison by hiding in his wife's suitcase following a conjugal visit?
  5. There was a _________ at the animal shelter last night. Hundreds of dogs and cats are on the loose.

Listen for the phrasal verb Break Out in the video clip from the movie trailer Escape Plan

  1. Emil Rottmayer: "Who were you before you came in here?"

    Ray Breslin: "I ______ ___ of prisons for a living. Someone wanted this place tested."

    Emil Rottmayer: "You don't look that smart."

    Ray Breslin: "You don't either."
  2. What was the trailer about?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • When the Los Angeles riots broke out in the 90’s, it affected the whole nation.
    When it gets really cold, I break out in goosebumps.
    Liam has been so much happier ever since he broke out of his old routine.
    Did you hear about the man who tried to break out of prison by hiding in his wife’s suitcase following a conjugal visit? (Wow, nice plan. At least better than a flat file in a cake)
    There was a breakout at the animal shelter last night. Hundreds of dogs and cats are on the loose.

  • LOIEnglish

    Good!

  • caroline

    When the Los Angeles riots broke out in the 90’s, it affected the whole nation.
    When it gets really cold, I break out in goosebumps.
    Liam has been so much happier ever since he breaks out of his old routine.
    Did you hear about the man who tried to break out of prison by hiding in his wife’s suitcase following a conjugal visit?
    There was a breakout at the animal shelter last night. Hundreds of dogs and cats are on the loose.

    Ray Breslin: “I break out of prisons for a living. Someone wanted this place tested.

  • LOIEnglish

    Liam has been so much happier ever since he HAS broken out of his old routine. or since he broke out of his old routine. (usually when we see ‘since’ we use the perfect tense)

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