Phrasal verbs

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Dear all, I have a question regarding phrasal verbs....

 

 in the following sentence "I want to break up with you" 

 

with you is the direct object? it answers the question who? who do I want o break up with? I know that break up is an inseparable phrasal verb...

 

Can you help me to clarify this doubt!

asked Feb 24 '13 at 06:32 f.C. New member

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F.C.,

 

Good question.  I hope I can help you.

 

This meaning of the phrasal verb, break up is actually intransitive (which means it does not take a direct object); that is why it is followed by the preposition with and then you is the object of the preposition.  The function of a preposition is to link a noun or an adjective to a intransitive verb.

 

The breakdown of your sentence into its parts of speech would be as follows:

 

I - subject

want - main verb

to break up - to + infinitive phrasal verb

with - preposition

you - pronoun object of the preposition.

 

You are correct that your sentence answers the question Who do I want to break up with?

link comment edited Feb 24 '13 at 15:30 Shawn Mooney Expert

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