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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 8:47:22 AM
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I saw the following on my Facebook:
"If we do break free, there's a bright future waiting for us with all the opportunities of Brexit."
If "do" is the main verb in "if we do break free", what is the grammatical form and function of "break free"?
Is "break free" a phrasal verb?
thar
Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 9:26:10 AM

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To break free is the main verb.
This is about Brexit, so you can see the emotional context in which it is used.

When do you use 'do' as an auxiliary?

To form a question. Do we break free?
To form a negative. We don't break free.
To emphasise a positive. We do break free.


Here, this is all about the positive Vs the negative. Yes or no.

Whether something does happen or it doesn't happen.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 9:27:26 AM
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Thanks
Out of interest, what is the grammatical form and function of "off" in "break off"?
How do we know when to add "off" like this?
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