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I need some help with the noun groundbreaking. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition, it is

The act or ceremony of breaking ground to begin a construction project.

My question is, how do we use it? Do we say,

  1. We performed the groundbreaking for the new hospital?
  2. We did the groundbreaking for the new hospital?
  3. We broke ground for the new hospital?

Or is there some other verb that we use for it?

  • You mean "some other noun" rather. – Kris Dec 13 '18 at 8:47
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    I do not know of any alternative nouns (synonyms) for groundbreaking although individual cultures have terms like cutting, sod-cutting, turning the first sod (Wikipedia). That said, even in standard English, it is usually followed by ceremony. The noun is very rare, so rare that some standard dictionaries do not list it as such. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundbreaking – Kris Dec 13 '18 at 8:52
  • @Kris, No. I meant verb, as in: (1) perform, (2) do, and (3) to break. – Khalid Hussain Dec 13 '18 at 9:19
  • The title of your question is about how to use the noun. You conclude the body of your question asking about another verb. This is confusing and it's not clear what you're asking for. – Jason Bassford Dec 14 '18 at 2:20
  • @JasonBassford Okay. I see the confusion now. I've edited the question title to make it clearer. Thanks. – Khalid Hussain Dec 14 '18 at 2:54

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