Fell or felt?

Fell and felt are past simple forms of two different verbs.

They are often confused because they sound (and look) very similar.

Fell is the past simple form of fall.

fall ⇒ fell ⇒ fallen

Here are some examples:

  • All the fruit fell from the tree during the strong winds.
  • He slipped from the roof and fell three metres to the ground.
  • Paul and Jemma fell in love at first sight.
  • Michael fell off his bicycle again yesterday.

Felt is the past simple form of feel.

feel ⇒ felt ⇒ felt

  • I felt better after I took the medicine.
  • The players felt disappointed because they lost the game so easily.

fell or felt?

The leaves fell from the trees in the strong wind.

Any tips?

Do you ever confuse fell and felt? Leave a comment below if you have any tips for remembering which is which.

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