Brad and Jennifer broke up with their friends.
No, it's not an adjective. "Broke" is a verb and "up" is a preposition. Some people call this a phrasal verb, but that term is misleading since it is only "broke" that is a verb.
In your example, “broke up (with their friends)” is a constituent, but it’s not a constituent at word level. "Broke up" is a verb ...
Break up is a phrasal verb. verb plus preposition.It is not an adjective..
so you need not use the hyphen between the two words.
Brad and Jannifier broke up with their friendship
It means that they stopped their friendship.
I here with attach a link to show how the phrasal verb break up with can be used.
[Children] [and adults alike] are fond of folktales.
"Alike" is an adverb here in a set comparison construction, where it functions as an adjunct (modifier) in the structure of the second coordinate, as bracketed.
The modifier serves to reinforce the relation expressed by the coordinator.
Children and adults alike are fond of folktales.
Alike is an adverb in this sentence. It modifies the adjective fond.
As an adverb alike means 'in the same way', 'in a similar way' or 'equally'.
Children and adults are equally fond of folktales.
Here's a crazy idea.
This is still a verb, not an adjective. It just happens to be modifying a noun. It can still take direct objects and do other verb tricks if you ask it nicely enough. (But these can end up sounding a bit odd, just like calling-people rates would.)
There are lots of times that the rate of VERBing gets called the VERB rate. And it doesn'...