If you fall over something, you trip:
- Joe tripped over something and fell down.
- Be careful walking on these rocks–you might trip.
- Maria tripped on some loose carpeting.
- He tripped and spilled his coffee.
Someone or something can cause you to fall down. In this case, the fall is not accidental–it’s intentional:
- Dave tripped his friend and made him fall over.
- She tripped her opponent during the soccer match.
- Why did you trip me?
If you use the word "trip" as a noun, it means something completely different from the verb form. A trip can be a vacation, a journey, or a long or short drive:
- They’re taking a trip to Venezuela this summer.
- I have to make a trip to the grocery store.
- Rosa enjoyed her trip on the train.
- Did you have a nice trip?
They took a trip to Florida last year.
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December 15, 2011