Break up

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Break up

Post by Stevenloan » Tue May 12, 2020 3:34 pm

Hi guys! According to an online dictionary, "break up" means "if the sound on a radio or mobile phone breaks up, you can no longer hear the person who is speaking on it". I guess "I can't hear you" is redundant here because "you're breaking up" is enough. Is it correct?

E.g. I can’t hear you, you’re breaking up.

Thanks very much!

StevenLoan
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue May 12, 2020 5:06 pm

"Breaking up" implies not a total loss of sound, but degradation or intermittency of the sound to such a degree that it has become difficult or impossible to understand what is being said.

"I can’t hear you, you’re breaking up" implies to me that the sound has degraded to the point of being incomprehensible.
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Re: Break up

Post by Stevenloan » Wed May 13, 2020 8:00 am

Erik : Thanks so much for your answer. It is really helpful.

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