Verb 'fell'


Which is correct?A. He fell to the ground.B. He fell down to the road.C. He fell onto the ground.D. He fell down to the ground.Thanks.

asked Apr 23 '12 at 09:25 May New member

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All of these sentences really do mean the same thing, but any slight change in word choice can bring a slight difference in understanding.  Here's how I would distinguish between them.


He fell to the ground.  He was standing on the ground & then he fell.  There was nothing obstructing his fall, perhaps he fainted or collapsed.


He fell onto the ground.  He was standing near the ground (on a sidewalk or porch?) or he was sitting, then he fell.  He fell off of the sidewalk or chair and onto the ground.


He fell down to the road.  He fell down to the ground.  He was on something else up higher than the ground, perhaps he was on a bicylce or walking on a tightrope.  There was some downward falling before he hit the road or the ground. 

link answered Apr 23 '12 at 19:50 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

If I fell down on the road correct? Thanks.

MayApr 27 '12 at 07:17

Typo error. Sorry. Is ' I fell down on the road.'correct? thanks.

MayApr 27 '12 at 07:19

Anyone can help?

MayApr 29 '12 at 13:15

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