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What is difference between "fall" and "drop"?
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hy_lam profile picture hy_lam   

Drop refers to something dropping from your hands.

He dropped the ball.  Do not take too many plates at once or you will drop them!

Fall is for when it is not in someone's hands.

The book fell off the desk.  Tie your shoelaces or you will fall down!

    February 201796% GOOD (22 votes)
  • Pauline2018 profile picture Pauline2018   
    You can fall from a tree, you fell from a tree, I droped something, rain in droping.
      May 2018
  • CezaryB profile picture CezaryB   
    That said, complex as English is, these are not "hard" rules. Please ignore the following if minute rules tend to frustrate you:

    You can "fell" a tree (cut down a tree).
    Prices can "drop" or "fall" (same meaning, that is: go down).

    Typically "drop" would be connected to an object that is being acted on (the ball is dropped). Or, if used reflexively in the 1st person you add what you are dropping or where you are dropping to. "I dropped to the ground". That said, it is more natural to "fall to the ground" or simply to "fall". So a good general rule is to use "fall" when speaking reflexively or about people. "She fell into the water", "I tripped on the rope and fell over".
      May 2018
mohamed_kh4 profile picture mohamed_kh4   
You can use drop to show that someone dropped something, but you can't use fall in the same way.
    December 2016100% GOOD (3 votes)
jeroen_bie profile picture jeroen_bie   
to drop - dropping something suggests that someone was holding it at first, and now lets go of it
you dropped a book
you dropped a ball
you where first holding onto it before you let it go

to fall - is from the perspective of the object itself
the book fell from ....
the ball fell ....
the motion is the same, but doesn't imply that someone was holding it, maybe it was just laying on the table and it fell off.

to fall - also has a second meaning, to fall in love for example
you can fall in love but not drop in love
    May 2019100% GOOD (2 votes)
pdxgary profile picture pdxgary   
CezaryB has an excellent explanation of DROP and FALL. For those of you learning to speak English, practice every day and try not to get discouraged. You'll get it. Honestly, you don't need to speak English exceptionally well to be understood. So just keep practicing.

However, those of us who have learned English as our native tongue still secretly curse the day they invented our unnecessarily complex language. Not convinced?

Money doesn't FALL from the sky. I DROPPED the money on the floor. The money FELL out of my pocket. Temperatures are expected to DROP within the hour and they will continue to FALL for the next few days.

I can go on and on and on..........
    May 2019100% GOOD (1 votes)
Shanegaryk profile picture Shanegaryk   
I like to think of it has, he dropped to the floor, suggesting he was standing or not at a very tall position above the ground.

Falling would be, the sky is falling, meaning there is a greater height involved and the person/object is falling at a great height and speed.

Also drop is a sudden change in height where fall is a distrastic and gradual change in height.
    April 2019Vote now!
ahmedpepoe profile picture ahmedpepoe   
Drop is followed by an objective , so you can't say "I dropped" but rather say "sorry I dropped the ball"
On the other hand . you can end a sentence with (Fall) - it doesn't require an objective- . you could say " She gave me that look and I Fell in love" or "The dam has fallen"
    April 201950% GOOD (1 votes)