PHRASAL VERBS -FALL

Phrasal verbs are combinations of a verb and a preposition that altogether have  a very different meaning than two words by themselves.

Fall apart

  1. (come apart, disintegrate) The airplane collapsed to the ground and fell apart into pieces.
  2. (to break down mentally) Adam did not get a perfect score in the TOEFL test and finally he fell apart.

Fall out

  1. (to happen, to result) The discussion falls out to a wonderful trip in Sienna for a week.
  2. (the opposite of fall in) The precipitation comes all of sudden and makes the rookie soldiers fall out, searching for a safe settlement.

Fall behind (to lag behind)

  1. He runs fast like a bolt of thunder, but i do not want to fall behind him anymore.
  2. We fall behind with our payments and get a mulct.

Fall for (gullible, believe in something without reservation)

I fell for Yuriy’s explanation that the war came from another reason.


Fall through (to fail)

Adam seems limp after knowing that his test falls through.


Fall in (to line up in a row)

The rookie armies fall in behind the leader.


Fall in with (to become involved with someone or a group)

Natalie fell in with Deborah’s wrong attitude who had served time together in prison.


Fall back (to move back from something, to retreat from something)

The opponent was exhausted and fell back. I took that opportunity to get away.


Fall back on (to fall backwards onto someone or something)

Adam stumbled when he was walking in the rain and fell back on a dirty mud.


  1. A good salesman can sell anything to anyone; he knows what tricks people usually fall _____.
  • to
  • for
  • in
  • through

fall for – believe


  1. University is not like high school; if you fall _______ on your studies in university, it is very difficult to catch up.
  • up
  • down
  • behind
  • in

  1. Jennifer had made plans to go to Cuba for the holidays with friends, but her plans fell _______ when her best friend broke her leg.
  • down
  • to
  • in with
  • through

fall through – failed, did not complete


  1. I can’t find my keys; they must have fallen _______ of my pocket.
  • in
  • back
  • out
  • through

  1. Heather and Katie had a falling _______ over a boy five years ago. They haven’t spoken to each other since then.
  • out
  • down
  • over
  • back

a falling out – a fight


  1. Kevin’s teacher is very strict. He always demands that his students fall _____ line at the beginning of each class.
  • with
  • in
  • out
  • back

fall in line – stand in straight lines (like in the army)


  1. Michael’s parents were worried about Michael’s going to school in a different city; they mostly worried that he would fall _________ bad kids.
  • back
  • to
  • in with
  • off

fall in with – become involved, join


  1. Calvin went to culinary (cooking) school to learn a skill that he would always be able to fall _______ in case his singing career didn’t go well.
  • back
  • back on
  • behind
  • over

fall back on – rely on, have as backup

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