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11 / 02 / 2008

TO FALL-7: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope everyone had a great weekend.

The word fall (caer) is used in dozens of expressions in English. In April of 2004 we did a series of Daily Vitamins about expressions using the word fall

-to fall for something
-to fall asleep
-to fall ill
-to fall into
-to fall from power
-to fall short

(For more information, see the Daily Vitamins from April 23 and 24, and April 27-30, 2004).

Today's expression is: to fall apart

Meaning 1: to be in a very bad condition so that parts are breaking off (referring to machinery).

Example 1:
His car is so old that it is falling apart.

Meaning 2: to refer to a situation that has so many problems that it is no longer possible to maintain it.

Example 2:
After more than 40 years, their marriage finally fell apart.

Example 3:
The deal between the two corporations fell apart when the two parties failed to agree on a price.

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