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Fell vs. Fall: What's the Difference?

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"Fell" is the past tense of "fall," indicating an action that has already happened, such as moving downward without control. "Fall" is the present tense, describing the action as it occurs.

Key Differences

The verb "fall" describes the act of moving downwards from a higher to a lower level, often rapidly and without control. It is used in the present tense for actions happening currently. For instance, "Leaves fall from the trees in autumn," illustrates the ongoing or habitual action of leaves moving downward from trees. Conversely, "fell" is the simple past tense form of "fall," used to describe an action that occurred at a specific point in the past. An example sentence would be, "The apple fell from the tree," indicating that the apple has already completed the action of moving downward from the tree.
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While "fall" can also function as a noun, representing the act of falling or a decline from a previous position, "fell" as an adjective or verb has other meanings unrelated to the verb "fall," such as to cut down a tree or referring to fierce or cruel actions. However, in the context of describing the action of moving downward, "fell" strictly serves as the past tense of "fall."
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The usage of "fall" and "fell" is crucial for indicating the timing of actions. "Fall" is versatile, applicable in various contexts to describe current, habitual, or future actions (when used with will/future tense constructions), emphasizing the action's immediacy or routine nature. "Fell," however, places the action firmly in the past, making it clear that the event has already been completed. Understanding the distinction between these two forms is essential for accurate and clear communication, especially in narrative writing where the sequence and timing of events are critical.
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Comparison Chart

Tense

Present
Past
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Function

Describes an ongoing or habitual action
Describes an action that has already happened
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Example

"Leaves fall from the trees."
"The apple fell from the tree."
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Usage

Indicates current or future actions
Indicates completed actions in the past
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Other Forms

Can also be a noun (e.g., a fall from grace)
Has other meanings as a verb or adjective unrelated to "fall"
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Fell and Fall Definitions

Fell

Used for sudden losses of status.
The empire began to fall.
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Fall

Can indicate past losses of status or defeat.
The mighty warrior fell in battle.
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Fell

Describes a season (autumn in North America).
Pumpkin spice flavors return in the fall.
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Fall

Refers to the action of cutting down trees (different meaning).
They fell trees for lumber.
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Fell

Can represent succumbing to temptation or failure.
He vowed never to fall to temptation again.
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Fall

Past tense of fall, indicating completed downward movement.
He slipped and fell on the ice.
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Fell

To cause to fall by striking; cut or knock down
Fell a tree.
Fell an opponent in boxing.
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Fall

Used to describe a decrease or end occurring in the past.
The city fell after a long siege.
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Fell

To kill
Was felled by an assassin's bullet.
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Fall

Describes something fierce or deadly (as an adjective).
The knight faced a fell beast.
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Fell

To sew or finish (a seam) with the raw edges flattened, turned under, and stitched down.
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Fall

To drop or come down freely under the influence of gravity
Leaves fell from the tree.
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Fell

Past tense of fall.
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Fall

To drop oneself to a lower or less erect position
I fell back in my chair. The pilgrims fell to their knees.
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Fell

The timber cut down in one season.
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Fall

To lose an upright or erect position suddenly
Tripped and fell.
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Fell

A felled seam.
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Fall

To drop wounded or dead, especially in battle.
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Fell

The hide of an animal; a pelt.
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Fall

To hang down
The child's hair fell in ringlets.
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Fell

A thin membrane directly beneath the hide.
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Fall

To be cast down
Her eyes fell.
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Fell

Chiefly British An upland stretch of open country; a moor.
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Fall

To be directed toward or come into contact; rest
My gaze fell upon the letter. The light fell on my book.
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Fell

A barren or stony hill.
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Fall

To come into existence or occur as if by falling
A plague fell on the town. Night fell quickly.
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Fell

Of an inhumanly cruel nature; fierce
Fell hordes.
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Fall

To occur at a specified time or place
The holiday falls on a Thursday. The stress falls on the last syllable.
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Fell

Capable of destroying; lethal
A fell blow.
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Fall

To be removed as if by falling
All grief fell from our hearts.
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Fell

Dire; sinister
By some fell chance.
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Fall

To come forth as if by falling; issue
Did any thanks fall from their lips?.
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Fell

(Scots) Sharp and biting.
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Fall

To assume an expression of consternation or disappointment
His face fell when he heard the report.
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Fell

(transitive) To make something fall; especially to chop down a tree.
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Fall

To undergo conquest or capture, especially as the result of an armed attack
The city fell after a long siege.
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Fell

(transitive) To strike down, kill, destroy.
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Fall

To experience defeat or ruin
The home team fell to the visitors. After 300 years the dynasty fell.
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Fell

(sewing) To stitch down a protruding flap of fabric, as a seam allowance, or pleat.
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Fall

To lose office
The disgraced prime minister fell from power.
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Fell

A cutting-down of timber.
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Fall

To move downward to a lower level; be reduced
The tide fell.
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Fell

The stitching down of a fold of cloth; specifically, the portion of a kilt, from the waist to the seat, where the pleats are stitched down.
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Fall

To slope downward
The land falls gently toward the sea.
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Fell

(textiles) The end of a web, formed by the last thread of the weft.
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Fall

To become less in amount or degree
The air pressure is falling.
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Fell

An animal skin, hide, pelt.
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Fall

To diminish in pitch or volume
My friend's voice fell to a whisper.
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Fell

Human skin now only as a metaphorical use of previous sense.
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Fall

To decline in financial value
Last year, stocks fell sharply.
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Fell

A rocky ridge or chain of mountains.
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Fall

To give into temptation; suffer a moral lapse.
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Fell

A wild field or upland moor.
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Fall

(Theology) To lose primordial innocence and happiness. Used of humanity as a result of the Fall.
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Fell

Anger; gall; melancholy.
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Fall

To pass into a particular state, condition, or situation
Fell silent.
Fall in love.
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Fell

Of a strong and cruel nature; eager and unsparing; grim; fierce; ruthless; savage.
One fell swoop
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Fall

To come, as by chance
Fell among a band of thieves.
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Fell

Strong and fiery; biting; keen; sharp; pungent
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Fall

To be given by assignment or distribution
The greatest task fell to me.
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Fell

Very large; huge.
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Fall

To be given by right or inheritance.
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Fell

(obsolete) Eager; earnest; intent.
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Fall

To be included within the range or scope of something
The specimens fall into three categories.
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Fell

Sharply; fiercely.
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Fall

To apply oneself
Fell to work immediately.
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Fell

Cruel; barbarous; inhuman; fierce; savage; ravenous.
While we devise fell tortures for thy faults.
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Fall

To be born. Used chiefly of lambs.
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Fell

Eager; earnest; intent.
I am so fell to my business.
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Fall

To cut down (a tree); fell.
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Fell

Gall; anger; melancholy.
Untroubled of vile fear or bitter fell.
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Fall

The act or an instance of falling.
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Fell

A skin or hide of a beast with the wool or hair on; a pelt; - used chiefly in composition, as woolfell.
We are still handling our ewes, and their fells, you know, are greasy.
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Fall

A sudden drop from a relatively erect to a less erect position.
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Fell

A barren or rocky hill.
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Fall

Something that has fallen
A fall of snow.
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Fell

A wild field; a moor.
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Fall

An amount that has fallen
A fall of two inches of rain.
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Fell

The finer portions of ore which go through the meshes, when the ore is sorted by sifting.
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Fall

The distance that something falls
The victim suffered a fall of three stories to the ground.
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Fell

A form of seam joining two pieces of cloth, the edges being folded together and the stitches taken through both thicknesses.
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Fall

Autumn.
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Fell

The end of a web, formed by the last thread of the weft.
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Fall

Falls(used with a sing. or pl. verb) A waterfall.
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Fell

To cause to fall; to prostrate; to bring down or to the ground; to cut down.
Stand, or I'll fell thee down.
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Fall

A downward movement or slope.
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Fell

To sew or hem; - said of seams.
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Fall

A veil hung from a hat and down the wearer's back.
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Fell

The dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)
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Fall

An ornamental cascade of lace or trimming attached to a dress, usually at the collar.
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Fell

Seam made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges
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Fall

A hairpiece with long, free-hanging hair.
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Fell

The act of felling something (as a tree)
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Fall

An overthrow; a collapse
The fall of a government.
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Fell

Cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow;
Strike down a tree
Lightning struck down the hikers
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Fall

Armed capture of a place under siege
The fall of Troy.
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Fell

Pass away rapidly;
Time flies like an arrow
Time fleeing beneath him
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Fall

A reduction in value, amount, or degree
A fall in housing prices.
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Fell

Sew a seam by folding the edges
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Fall

A marked, often sudden, decline in status, rank, or importance
His fall from power.
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Fell

(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering;
A barbarous crime
Brutal beatings
Cruel tortures
Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks
A savage slap
Vicious kicks
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Fall

A moral lapse.
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Fell

To move downwards from a higher position.
Snowflakes fall gently to the ground.
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Fall

Often Fall(Theology)The loss of humanity's original innocence and happiness resulting from Adam and Eve's eating of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
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Fell

Can indicate a decrease or decline.
Temperatures fall in the evening.
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Fall

The act of holding a wrestling opponent on the opponent's back so that the shoulders remain in contact with the mat for a designated period, usually one or two seconds, thereby winning the match. Also called pin.
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Fall

Any of various wrestling maneuvers resulting in such an act.
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Fall

A break or rise in the level of a deck.
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Fall

Falls The apparatus used to hoist and transfer cargo or lifeboats.
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Fall

The end of a cable, rope, or chain that is pulled by the power source in hoisting.
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Fall

The birth of an animal, especially a lamb.
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Fall

All the animals born at one birth; a litter.
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Fall

A family of woodcock in flight.
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Fall

(Botany) One of the outer, drooping segments of a flower, especially an iris.
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Fall

Of, having to do with, occurring in, or appropriate to the season of fall
Fall fashion.
Fall harvests.
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Fall

Grown during the season of fall
Fall crops.
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Fall

To be moved downwards.
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Fall

To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity.
Thrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.
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Fall

To come down, to drop or descend.
The rain fell at dawn.
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Fall

To come as if by dropping down.
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Fall

To come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself.
He fell to the floor and begged for mercy.
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Fall

To be brought to the ground.
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Fall

(transitive) To move downwards.
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Fall

(obsolete) To let fall; to drop.
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Fall

(obsolete) To sink; to depress.
To fall the voice
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Fall

To fell; to cut down.
To fall a tree
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Fall

(intransitive) To change, often negatively.
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Fall

To become.
She has fallen ill.
The children fell asleep in the back of the car.
When did you first fall in love?
Fall silent, fall sick, fall pregnant, fall victim to something
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Fall

(intransitive) To collapse; to be overthrown or defeated.
Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.
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Fall

To die, especially in battle or by disease.
This is a monument to all those who fell in the First World War.
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Fall

(intransitive) To become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc.).
The candidate's poll ratings fell abruptly after the banking scandal.
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Fall

To occur (on a certain day of the week, date, or similar); to happen.
Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday.
Last year, Commencement fell on June 3.
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Fall

(intransitive) To be allotted to; to arrive through chance, fate, or inheritance.
And so it falls to me to make this important decision.
The estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.
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Fall

To diminish; to lessen or lower.
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Fall

To bring forth.
To fall lambs
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Fall

To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; said of the young of certain animals.
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Fall

(intransitive) To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin.
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Fall

(intransitive) To become ensnared or entrapped; to be worse off than before.
To fall into error;
To fall into difficulties
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Fall

(intransitive) To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; said of the face.
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Fall

(intransitive) To happen; to come to pass; to chance or light (upon).
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Fall

(intransitive) To begin with haste, ardour, or vehemence; to rush or hurry.
After arguing, they fell to blows.
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Fall

(intransitive) To be dropped or uttered carelessly.
An unguarded expression fell from his lips.
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Fall

To hang down under the influence of gravity.
An Empire-style dress has a high waistline – directly under the bust – from which the dress falls all the way to a hem as low as the floor.
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Fall

The act of moving to a lower position under the effect of gravity.
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Fall

A reduction in quantity, pitch, etc.
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Fall

The time of the year when the leaves typically fall from the trees; autumn; the season of the year between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice.
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Fall

A loss of greatness or status.
The fall of Rome
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Fall

That which falls or cascades.
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Fall

(sport) A crucial event or circumstance.
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Fall

The action of a batsman being out.
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Fall

(curling) A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown into an area to drift in a given direction.
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Fall

(wrestling) An instance of a wrestler being pinned to the mat.
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Fall

A hairpiece for women consisting of long strands of hair on a woven backing, intended primarily to cover hair loss.
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Fall

Blame or punishment for a failure or misdeed.
He set up his rival to take the fall.
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Fall

(nautical) The part of the rope of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting (usu. plural).
Have the goodness to secure the falls of the mizzen halyards.
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Fall

An old Scots unit of measure equal to six ells.
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Fall

A short, flexible piece of leather forming part of a bullwhip, placed between the thong and the cracker.
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Fall

The lid, on a piano, that covers the keyboard
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Fall

(nautical) The chasing of a hunted whale.
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Fall

(nautical) The cry given when a whale is sighted, or harpooned.
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Fall

To Descend, either suddenly or gradually; particularly, to descend by the force of gravity; to drop; to sink; as, the apple falls; the tide falls; the mercury falls in the barometer.
I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
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Fall

To cease to be erect; to take suddenly a recumbent posture; to become prostrate; to drop; as, a child totters and falls; a tree falls; a worshiper falls on his knees.
I fell at his feet to worship him.
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Fall

To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty; - with into; as, the river Rhone falls into the Mediterranean.
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Fall

To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die by violence, as in battle.
A thousand shall fall at thy side.
He rushed into the field, and, foremost fighting, fell.
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Fall

To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, the wind falls.
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Fall

To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; - said of the young of certain animals.
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Fall

To decline in power, glory, wealth, or importance; to become insignificant; to lose rank or position; to decline in weight, value, price etc.; to become less; as, the price falls; stocks fell two points.
I am a poor fallen man, unworthy nowTo be thy lord and master.
The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and vanished.
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Fall

To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed.
Heaven and earth will witness,If Rome must fall, that we are innocent.
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Fall

To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin; to depart from the faith; to apostatize; to sin.
Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
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Fall

To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be worse off than before; as, to fall into error; to fall into difficulties.
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Fall

To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; - said of the countenance.
Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
I have observed of late thy looks are fallen.
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Fall

To sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, our spirits rise and fall with our fortunes.
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Fall

To pass somewhat suddenly, and passively, into a new state of body or mind; to become; as, to fall asleep; to fall into a passion; to fall in love; to fall into temptation.
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Fall

To happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to issue; to terminate.
The Romans fell on this model by chance.
Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall.
They do not make laws, they fall into customs.
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Fall

To come; to occur; to arrive.
The vernal equinox, which at the Nicene Council fell on the 21st of March, falls now [1694] about ten days sooner.
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Fall

To begin with haste, ardor, or vehemence; to rush or hurry; as, they fell to blows.
They now no longer doubted, but fell to work heart and soul.
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Fall

To pass or be transferred by chance, lot, distribution, inheritance, or otherwise; as, the estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.
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Fall

To belong or appertain.
If to her share some female errors fall,Look on her face, and you'll forget them all.
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Fall

To be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, an unguarded expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from him.
Those captive tribes . . . fell offFrom God to worship calves.
A soul exasperated in ills falls outWith everything, its friend, itself.
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Fall

To let fall; to drop.
For every tear he falls, a Trojan bleeds.
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Fall

To sink; to depress; as, to fall the voice.
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Fall

To diminish; to lessen or lower.
Upon lessening interest to four per cent, you fall the price of your native commodities.
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Fall

To bring forth; as, to fall lambs.
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Fall

To fell; to cut down; as, to fall a tree.
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Fall

The act of falling; a dropping or descending be the force of gravity; descent; as, a fall from a horse, or from the yard of ship.
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Fall

The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice, and had a fall.
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Fall

Death; destruction; overthrow; ruin.
They thy fall conspire.
Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
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Fall

Downfall; degradation; loss of greatness or office; termination of greatness, power, or dominion; ruin; overthrow; as, the fall of the Roman empire.
Beholds thee glorious only in thy fall.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

The surrender of a besieged fortress or town ; as, the fall of Sebastopol.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Diminution or decrease in price or value; depreciation; as, the fall of prices; the fall of rents.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

A sinking of tone; cadence; as, the fall of the voice at the close of a sentence.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Declivity; the descent of land or a hill; a slope.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Descent of water; a cascade; a cataract; a rush of water down a precipice or steep; - usually in the plural, sometimes in the singular; as, the falls of Niagara.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

The discharge of a river or current of water into the ocean, or into a lake or pond; as, the fall of the Po into the Gulf of Venice.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Extent of descent; the distance which anything falls; as, the water of a stream has a fall of five feet.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

The season when leaves fall from trees; autumn.
What crowds of patients the town doctor kills,Or how, last fall, he raised the weekly bills.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

That which falls; a falling; as, a fall of rain; a heavy fall of snow.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

The act of felling or cutting down.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Lapse or declension from innocence or goodness. Specifically: The first apostasy; the act of our first parents in eating the forbidden fruit; also, the apostasy of the rebellious angels.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Formerly, a kind of ruff or band for the neck; a falling band; a faule.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

That part (as one of the ropes) of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

The season when the leaves fall from the trees;
In the fall of 1973
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

A sudden drop from an upright position;
He had a nasty spill on the ice
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

The lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve;
Women have been blamed ever since the Fall
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

A downward slope or bend
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Fall

A lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity;
A fall from virtue
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Fall

A sudden decline in strength or number or importance;
The fall of the House of Hapsburg
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

A movement downward;
The rise and fall of the tides
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

The act of surrendering (under agreed conditions);
They were protected until the capitulation of the fort
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

The time of day immediately following sunset;
He loved the twilight
They finished before the fall of night
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

When a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

A free and rapid descent by the force of gravity;
It was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

A sudden sharp decrease in some quantity;
A drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index
There was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery
A dip in prices
When that became known the price of their stock went into free fall
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Descend in free fall under the influence of gravity;
The branch fell from the tree
The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way;
The temperature is going down
The barometer is falling
The curtain fell on the diva
Her hand went up and then fell again
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind;
Fall into a trap
She fell ill
They fell out of favor
Fall in love
Fall asleep
Fall prey to an imposter
Fall into a strange way of thinking
She fell to pieces after she lost her work
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Come under, be classified or included;
Fall into a category
This comes under a new heading
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Fall from clouds;
Rain, snow and sleet were falling
Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Suffer defeat, failure, or ruin;
We must stand or fall
Fall by the wayside
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Decrease in size, extent, or range;
The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester
The cabin pressure fell dramatically
Her weight fall to under a hundred pounds
His voice fell to a whisper
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Die, as in battle or in a hunt;
Many soldiers fell at Verdun
Several deer have fallen to the same gun
The shooting victim fell dead
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly;
Light fell on her face
The sun shone on the fields
The light struck the golden necklace
A strange sound struck my ears
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Be captured;
The cities fell to the enemy
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Fall

Occur at a specified time or place;
Christmas falls on a Monday this year
The accent falls on the first syllable
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Yield to temptation or sin;
Adam and Eve fell
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Fall

Lose office or power;
The government fell overnight
The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

To be given by assignment or distribution;
The most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team
The onus fell on us
The pressure to succeed fell on the yougest student
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Move in a specified direction;
The line of men fall forward
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Fall

Be due;
Payments fall on the 1st of the month
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Fall

Lose one's chastity;
A fallen woman
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

To be given by right or inheritance;
The estate fell to the oldest daughter
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Come into the possession of;
The house accrued to the oldest son
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Fall to somebody by assignment or lot;
The task fell to me
It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Be inherited by;
The estate fell to my sister
The land returned to the family
The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Slope downward;
The hills around here fall towards the ocean
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Fall

Lose an upright position suddenly;
The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table
Her hair fell across her forehead
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Fall

Drop oneself to a lower or less erect position;
She fell back in her chair
He fell to his knees
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Fall or flow in a certain way;
This dress hangs well
Her long black hair flowed down her back
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Fall

Assume a disappointed or sad expression;
Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off
His crest fell
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Be cast down;
His eyes fell
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Come out; issue;
Silly phrases fell from her mouth
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Be born, used chiefly of lambs;
The lambs fell in the afternoon
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Begin vigorously;
The prisoners fell to work right away
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Go as if by falling;
Grief fell from our hearts
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Oct 19, 2022

Fall

Come as if by falling;
Night fell
Silence fell
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Oct 19, 2022

FAQs

What does "fall" mean?

"Fall" refers to the action of moving or coming down from a higher to a lower level, often quickly and without control. It can also describe decreases, declines, or the autumn season.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

How is "fell" related to "fall"?

"Fell" is the simple past tense of "fall," used to describe an action of moving downward that has already occurred in the past.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

Can "fall" be used in different contexts?

Yes, "fall" can be used to describe physical movement, decreases or declines in position or status, the act of becoming lower, and as a term for the autumn season.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

How do I know when to use "fall" or "fell" in a sentence?

Use "fall" when describing actions or events that are happening currently or habitually, and "fell" when referring to actions or events that occurred in the past.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

Can "fell" have meanings unrelated to "fall"?

Yes, apart from being the past tense of "fall," "fell" can mean to cut down (like trees) or describe something as fierce or cruel, showing its versatility in the English language.
Harlon Moss
Mar 04, 2024

Is there a plural form for "fell" when used as the past tense of "fall"?

No, "fell" does not change form for singular or plural subjects; the context of the sentence indicates the subject number, e.g., "The apples fell from the tree."
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

How can I practice distinguishing between "fall" and "fell"?

Practice by writing sentences or narratives where actions occur in both the present and past, focusing on the correct tense usage of "fall" and "fell" to describe these actions.
Huma Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

Is "fell" only the past tense of "fall"?

While "fell" is commonly known as the past tense of "fall," it also has other uses, such as a verb meaning to cut down something (like a tree) and as an adjective describing something deadly or sinister.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

How do idiomatic expressions use "fall" and "fell"?

Idiomatic expressions often use "fall" and "fell" metaphorically, such as "falling in love" or "fell swoop," which require understanding the phrases' meanings beyond their literal words.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

Can "fall" and "fell" be used in passive constructions?

Yes, both can be used in passive constructions, where the subject is acted upon, e.g., "The tree was felled by the lumberjack" or "The book has fallen off the shelf."
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

Why is it important to distinguish between "fall" and "fell"?

Distinguishing between "fall" and "fell" is important for clear communication, especially in narrative writing, to accurately convey the timing and nature of actions or events.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

What are common mistakes to avoid when using "fall" and "fell"?

A common mistake is confusing "fall" with "fell" in terms of tense, such as using "fell" to describe an ongoing action or "fall" for a past event. Ensure correct tense usage for clear temporal context.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

How does the context change the meaning of "fall" and "fell"?

The context can significantly change the meaning; "fall" might refer to a physical action, a decline, or a season, while "fell" might indicate a completed action or, in different contexts, cutting down or something deadly.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

In what genres or types of writing is the distinction between "fall" and "fell" particularly important?

The distinction is crucial in narrative and descriptive writing, where accurately conveying the sequence of events and actions over time is essential for clarity and reader comprehension.
Sawaira Riaz
Mar 04, 2024

How does understanding "fall" and "fell" improve language skills?

Understanding the distinction enhances verb tense mastery, enriches vocabulary, and improves overall communication effectiveness, essential for both native speakers and English learners.
Sara Rehman
Mar 04, 2024

Can "fall" be used in a future tense construction?

Yes, "fall" can be used in future tense constructions with auxiliary verbs, e.g., "The temperatures will fall overnight," to indicate future actions or events.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

What is the past participle of "fall"?

The past participle of "fall" is "fallen," used with auxiliary verbs to form perfect tenses, e.g., "The empire has fallen."
Aimie Carlson
Mar 04, 2024

Are there any tricks to remember the difference between "fall" and "fell"?

A trick to remember is that "fell" has an extra letter compared to "fall," similar to how "past" has an extra letter compared to "present," correlating "fell" with past actions.
Sara Rehman
Mar 04, 2024

How do "fall" and "fell" interact with other words to form phrases or compound words?

"Fall" and "fell" can form compound words or phrases with prepositions or other nouns, altering their meaning, such as "fall out," "fall behind," or "fell stroke," requiring familiarity with these expressions.
Sumera Saeed
Mar 04, 2024

What are some synonyms for "fall" and "fell" that can help clarify their meanings?

Synonyms for "fall" include drop, plummet, and descend; for "fell" as the past tense of "fall," collapsed and dropped can be similar, helping clarify usage through context.
Huma Saeed
Mar 04, 2024
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