Don't Confuse These: Tear & Tear Up
Here's another pair you shouldn't confuse!
I tore my shirt yesterday. I made a small hole in it. And my friend tore up a piece of paper into small pieces.
So what is the difference between tearing something and tearing it up?
You're right as always!
Tearing something means damaging it a little bit, while tearing up means completely destroying something by dividing it into small pieces.
When was the last time you tore your clothes?
Have you ever torn up something you'd written?