fall

 

If a person or a thing goes down, it falls, or a situation changes in some way.

The first set of sentences shows how to use "fall" as a verb. This is an irregular verb. Pay attention to how the main verb changes in various tenses.

simple past past participle
fall
fell
fallen

fall

She fell over in her chair.

The word "fall" is a popular choice when talking about the beginning of a romantic relationship:

  • Kim says she’s falling in love with her new boyfriend.
  • Roger and Sue got married soon after they fell in love thirty years ago.
  • Stevie and Pam have fallen in love.
  • I think I’m falling in love. (This is a common expression.)
  • We fell in love with New Orleans when we visited it the first time. (You can fall in love with a thing.)
  • Edgar fell in love with his car immediately upon first laying eyes on it.

The word "fall" is also a noun:

  • Students return to school in the late summer or early fall. (fall = autumn)
  • Fall is a beautiful time of year in the north.
  • The leader’s fall from power happened suddenly. (fall = loss of power)
  • We visited Niagara Falls when we were in New York. (falls = falling water as part of a river)
  • You took a big fall. Are you okay?
  • Henry had a falling out with his boss. (falling out = a situation creates bad feelings between people.)

There are many idioms that use "fall."

  • The business deal fell through. (fall through = It didn’t happen.)
  • The teacher fell for the joke. (fall for = She believed what was told to her and was made to feel foolish.)
  • Labor Day always falls on a Monday. (fall on = happen; occur)
  • The drill sergeant told his troops to fall in. (fall in = line up)
  • Sales at our company have fallen off. (fall off = to do poorly.)
  • Plans to build a new park fell by the wayside. (fall by the wayside = to be ignored or forgotten)

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August 6, 2015