'break into' the City Hall

CORALINNA

Senior Member
Portuguese - Brasil
Protesters broke into the City Hall in an attempt to talk to the mayor.

Is it correct to say "broke into" as a synonym for "invaded"?
 
  • Riverby

    Senior Member
    NZ English
    To break into usually implies something is broken (a window, door-lock, etc) in a forcible entry. To invade does not imply a forcible entry, though such force is possible. So these two are not perfect synonyms.
     
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