Example Sentences of the Verb Break

This page provides example sentences of the verb "Break" in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.

Base Form break / Past Simple broke / Past Participle broken / Gerund breaking

Present Simple

Some glass breaks easily.

Present Simple Passive

This toy is often broken by children.

Present Continuous

He is breaking into his new job well.

Present Continuous Passive

The house is being broken into! Call the police!

Present Perfect

He has broken a number of records in his field.

Present Perfect Passive

That vase has been broken more than four times.

Present Perfect Continuous

Mary has been breaking open eggs for more than twenty minutes.

Past Simple

Jack broke that computer last week.

Past Simple Passive

That computer was broken last week.

Past Continuous

She was breaking open the champagne as I walked into the room.

Past Continuous Passive

The champagne was being broken open as I walked into the room.

Past Perfect

They had already broken into the house when the occupants arrived.

Past Perfect Passive

The house had already been broken into when the occupants arrived.

Past Perfect Continuous

She had been breaking open the eggs for twenty minutes before she began making the cake.

Future (will)

I think he will break that toy.

Future (will) passive

That toy will be broken soon!

Future (going to)

She is going to break that dish! Be Careful!

Future (going to) passive

That dish is going to be broken soon.

Future Continuous

I will be breaking into a new job this time next week.

Future Perfect

Your vows will have been broken by the time you read this letter.

Future Possibility

You might break that glass.

Real Conditional

If you do that, you'll break the toy.

Unreal Conditional

If she broke the vase, her mother would be very angry.

Past Unreal Conditional

If she hadn't broken that vase, her mother wouldn't have become so angry.

Present Modal

You must break this glass to get the fire extinguisher.

Past Modal

Jack must have broken this vase. He's so clumsy.

Quiz: Conjugate with Break

Use the verb "to break" to conjugate the following sentences. Quiz answers are below. In some cases, more than one answer may be correct.

Mary _____ open eggs for more than twenty minutes.
That computer ______ by Tom last week.
I think he _____ that toy.
She _____ open the champagne as I walked into the room.
He _____ a number of records in his field.
The house _____ into! Call the police!
If you do that, you _____ the toy.
If she _____ that vase, her mother wouldn't have become so angry.
Jack _____ that computer last week.
Some glass _____ easily.

Quiz Answers

has been breaking
was broken
will break
was breaking
has broken
is being broken
will break
hadn't broken
broke
breaks

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