a) I broke the egg open.

b) i broke the egg to be open.

Is the sentence a) derived from sentence b) but with "to be" omitted?


Nothing has been omitted. break open is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are made up of a verb and one or two particles, and generally have a different meaning to the verb on its own, for example:

break in - enter a building illegally
break up - when a marriage or relationship ends

  • JavaLatte, Thank you!
    – IRINA
    Jan 10 at 13:59

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