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A: Are Mary and Peter still together?
B: No. They have been broken up already.

- Why don't we use "They have broken up already"?

Thanks so much to Teachers,

Stevenukd
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StevenukdWhy don't we use "They have broken up already"?
??? We do use that. I certainly don't use They have been broken up already.

CJ
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To break up with someone is active, not passive voice. No one has done the job of "breaking up" for them (such as in the sentence: The car has been fixed by a mechanic).
Could you please tell me where you saw "They have been broken up already?"

Hana
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Dear Teachers,

- But Native speakers do say "They have been broken up for 2 years now" and do not say "They have broken up for 2 years now", right?

Thanks very much!

Stevenukd
Actually "they have been broken up" and "they have broken up for 2 years now" would both be considered mistakes.

"They broke up two years ago."

"They have been apart or separated for two years now."

Q. "Are x and y still together?"
A. "No, they've broken up."
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