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
Some glass breaks easily.
Present Simple Passive
This toy is often broken by children.
He is breaking into his new job well.
Present Continuous Passive
The house is being broken into! Call the police!
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.
Jack broke that computer last week.
Past Simple Passive
That computer was broken last week.
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.
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.
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.
I will be breaking into a new job this time next week.
Your vows will have been broken by the time you read this letter.
You might break that glass.
If you do that, you'll break the toy.
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.
You must break this glass to get the fire extinguisher.
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.
has been breaking
is being broken