The poachers were caught yesterday when they fell trees illegally.I think fell is right but my friend says it should be felled.
Yes, "fell" is the past tense of the verb "fall" but that--in one of those things that makes English so wonderfully maddening -- is a different word than the word you've used.
Present Tense: "You fall off a cliff" and "You fell a tree"
Past Tense: "You fell off a cliff yesterday" and "You felled a tree yesterday."
Fall means "move downward, typically rapidly and freely without control, from a higher to a lower level" while Fell means "to cut down".
Hope this helps.
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