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154 Differences between fall, fall down, fall over, fall out, fall into, fall behind


Have you ever got confused when trying to talk  about having a fall?


Fall is a verb and a noun, which can sometimes be confusing. 


This coupled with the fact that when we add prepositions after the verb fall, then this also changes the meaning.


Having this in mind, I decided to put together an episode to help you, where I explain the difference between fall, fall down, fall over, fall out, fall into and fall behind.

 


So, let’s jump in an start to learn


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Phrases with the word 'fall'

Fall

Meaning: to suddenly go down from an upright position onto the ground or towards the ground without intending to or by accident.

Example: Athletes have to learn how to fall without hurting themselves.

Fall down

Meaning: to fall to the ground.

Example: Babies often fall down when they learn to walk.


                   In autumn the leaves fall down from the trees.

Fall over

Meaning: used when someone, or something, is tripping and falling, usually to the ground.

Example: If you make the cake too high, it'll fall over.
                 

                   I wasn’t looking where I was going and I fell over a fountain.

Fall out

Meaning: used when the original preposition was in.


Example: You close the car door so that you don’t fall out.
                   (Original position: in the car)

Fall off

Meaning: used when the original preposition was on.

Example: Mark fell off the horse and injured his leg.
                 

                  (Mark’s original position: on the horse)

Fall into

Meaning: enter something without having planned it.

Example: She lost her balance and fell into a hole in the pavement.
                   

                    I fell into conversation with the baker this morning.

Fall behind

Meaning: not keeping up with the progress.

Example: You’re falling behind with the rent.
                   

                   I fell behind my classwork after I was off school for two weeks.

Final thoughts


Now you know how to use “fall” correctly, which is sure to make you sound more native.


Remember, if you use it incorrectly people will still understand you, however it will sound wrong.


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Andrew is the CEO and founder of the Art of Business English. Besides teaching and coaching native Spanish speakers in Business English, he is also passionate about mountain biking, sailing and healthy living. When He is not working, Andrew loves to spend time with his family and friends.

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