Use of break and brake
When do I use break/brake?
The verb to break means to separate a whole thing into parts, i.e. When the plate fell, it broke into pieces.
The noun, break, is used (a) to discuss the result of breaking or (b) to discuss a pause in time, normally used for rest. Here are some examples:
(a) The doctor said that is was a clean break and that the bone would heal quickly.
(b) I need a break; I've been working on this task all morning!
In comparison, the verb to brake means to stop or slow down using brakes, i.e. When stopping at a traffic light, one should brake gradually.
A brake is the name of the mechanism on a machine that slows it down, usually on cars, bikes, or other vehicles. For example: When the deer ran into the road, John hit the brakes.
|link comment||answered Jan 18 '11 at 11:00 Kimberly Expert|
To damage: "If I hear your phone ring one more time, I am going to break it."
To separate: "I will break off a piece of this cookie so you can taste it."
A pause or period of rest: "I will turn off the computer and take a break."
A key on a computer keyboard: "The program jammed and I had to press ctrl-break to stop it."
To infringe or disobey: "That is an unfair rule, and I am going to break it."
To stop or slow: "The large pedal in the floor is how you brake the car."
The mechanism to stop a vehicle or machinery: "I had to press the brake pedal to keep from hitting the cat."
To process flax, hemp, or similar materials: "It used to be hard work to brake flax."
|link comment||answered Mar 21 '12 at 22:49 Courtney Contributor|
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