The person chuckles when he hears something - a joke or a funny anecdote.

Is the sentence in the question correct for such a setting or is there a better way to frame it? My main concern is the "broke into a chuckle" part. Is it okay to write it this way or is it odd?


The phrase "broke into a chuckle" is perfectly valid, and not all that uncommon. Whether to use it is a matter of style, it gives a particular tone to the passage.


Not odd at all! It's quite common. When you break into something, you suddenly start doing it. One can break into song (start singing), break into a run (start running).

A similar expression burst into something (whether into laughter, or into tears) has the same meaning and is equally commonly used.

Here is a list of the most popular things one can break into.

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(Excluding the last two: breaking into pieces, and breaking [=getting] into a house)

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