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Friday the 30th of April, 2004
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TO FALL-6

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Good morning everybody!

Today will be the last day that we look at expressions and uses of the verb to fall.

Today's expression with fall is: to fall to pieces

It means: to be in a horrible condition due to being old or badly made (things); to be so unhappy or upset that you can't function normally (people).

Example 1
My car is falling to pieces since it is so old.

Example 2
After his wife left him, he fell to pieces. That's why he hasn't worked in weeks.

Enjoy the rest of your day and have an excellent weekend! I'll see you in May. ;-)


Thursday the 29th of April, 2004
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TO FALL-5

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Good morning everybody!

Today we look at another expression with the verb to fall.

Today's expression with fall is: to fall short

It means: to not reach a certain level or to not achieve something that you were trying to do.

Example 1
The PSOE fell short of a majority in parliament.

Example 2
The company has fallen short of its annual objectives, which explains why its stock-market value has also fallen.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Wednesday the 28th of April, 2004
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TO FALL-4

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Good morning!

Today we include another use of the verb to fall. So far we've looked at the expressions to fall in love and to fall for something as uses of to fall which mean "to become lower in amount." And yesterday we looked at the meaning "to change to another state."

Today's expression with fall is: to fall from power

It means: to lose a position of power.

Example 1
Jose Maria Aznar fell from power in the last elections.

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday the 27th of April, 2004
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TO FALL-3

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Good morning!

Today we continue with different meanings of the verb to fall. So far we've looked at the expressions to fall in love and to fall for something, and yesterday we saw that to fall can mean "to become lower in amount."

Today's meaning is: to change to another state.

In this case the verb combines with adjectives or nouns to create a verb that indicates a change of state. A couple of examples are:

-to fall asleep --> to change from awake to asleep.
-to fall ill --> to change from healthy to ill.
-to fall into + noun (to fall into decay, into a deep sleep, etc.).

Example 1
I was so tired last night that I fell asleep on the sofa.

Example 2
She fell ill and wasn't able to attend the shareholders' meeting last weekend.

Example 3
Some people feel that many of the Roman ruins in Italy are falling into further decay because the government isn't taking care of them.

Example 4
Last night I fell into a deep sleep on the sofa because I was very tired.

If you have questions about today's uses of to fall, please add a comment below.

Have an excellent day!


Saturday the 24th of April, 2004
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TO FALL-2

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Good morning! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.

Last Friday we began a series of Daily Vitamins that will look at uses of the verb to fall. So far we've looked at the expressions to fall in love and to fall for something. Today we will look at a more common use, which does not form an expression or a phrasal verb.

Today's meaning is: to reduce the amount, level or value of something.

Example 1
Last year the stock market fell a lot, but this year it's beginning to rise.

Example 2
Inflation fell last month to 2.2 percent.

Example 3
The temperature has been falling all day.

Have a good day!