how to say break up in Cantonese

How to say break up in Cantonese?

Have you ever wonder how Hong Kongers ask for a break up in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say break up in Cantonese.

Break up in Cantonese: 分手 [fan1 sau2]

Break up in Cantonese is 分手 [fan1 sau2].  分 [fan1] means ‘to separate’ and 手 [sau2] means ‘hand’ in Cantonese; it literally means to separate hands, implying breaking up.

ngo5 cam4 jat6 tung4 ngo5 neoi5 pang4 jau5 fan1 zo2 sau2 laa3.

我尋日同我女朋友分咗手喇。

I have broken up with my girlfriend yesterday.

Type of sentence structure Predicative expression in series
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicate 1Object 1Predicate 2Predicate suffixObject 2Particle
Part of speechNounAdverbPrepositionNounVerbPredicate suffixNounParticle
Words in sentence尋日我女朋友

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head女朋友

nei5 dei6 gei2 si4 fan1 sau2 gaa3?

你哋幾時分手㗎?

When did you break up?

Types of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbVerbParticle
Words in sentence你哋幾時分手

nei5 m4 hou2 tung4 nei5 neoi5 pang4 jau5 fan1 sau2 laa1.

你唔好同你女朋友分手啦。

Don’t break up with your girlfriend.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence同你女朋友分手

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative expression in series
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate 1Object 1Predicate 2
Part of speech/PrepositionNounVerb
Words in sentence/你女朋友分手

Object 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head女朋友

FAQs

How to say break up in Cantonese?

Break up in Cantonese is 分手 [fan1 sau2]. 分 [fan1] means ‘to separate’ and 手 [sau2] means ‘hand’ in Cantonese;

Reference

  1. 粵典。「分手

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