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"Fall over" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "caerse", and "fall off" is a transitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "caerse". Learn more about the difference between "fall over" and "fall off" below.
fall over
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to tip over)
a. caerse
The exhausted security guard fell over on the ground and didn't even wake up.El guardia de seguridad se cayó al suelo y ni siquiera se despertó.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
2. (to trip)
a. tropezar con
Grant fell over the coffee table looking for the remote in the dark.Grant tropezó con la mesa de centro buscando el control a oscuras.
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fall off
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to fall from)
a. caerse
Morgan broke her ankle when she fell off a chair while changing a light bulb.Morgan se rompió el tobillo cuando se cayó de una silla mientras cambiaba una bombilla.
2. (to become detached)
a. caerse de
The door slammed, and the painting fell off the wall.La puerta se cerró de un portazo, y el cuadro se cayó de la pared.
b. desprenderse de
Nadia was crushed to see the sequins falling off her leotard.Nadia quedó costernada al ver que las lentejuelas se desprendían de su malla.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
3. (to get worse)
a. empeorar
The band's first two albums were fantastic, but after that the quality started to fall off.Los primeros dos álbumes de la banda fueron fantásticos, pero después de eso la calidad empezó a empeorar.
4. (to dwindle)
a. decaer
The network decided to cancel the show when the public ratings fell off sharply.La cadena decidió cancelar el programa cuando el índice de audiencia decayó bruscamente.
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