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Dear Ted:


Which of the following sentences is/are grammatically correct?

1) He tripped and fell OVER.

2) He tripped and fell DOWN.

3) He tripped and fell OFF.

If all three are possible, do they have the same meaning?

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

hich of the following sentences is/are grammatically correct?

1) He tripped and fell OVER.

*** CORRECT

2) He tripped and fell DOWN.

*** CORRECT

3) He tripped and fell OFF.

*** ONLY IN VERY SPECIAL CASES.  HE TRIPPED AND FELL OFF THE CLIFF.

If all three are possible, do they have the same meaning?

*** YES

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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