How to Conjugate "Fall" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Fall"

The verb "fall" is an irregular verb. (This means that "fall" does not form its simple past tense or its past participle by adding "-ed" or "-d" to the base form.)

The Five Forms of "To Fall"

FormfallAlternative Name
Base FormfallInfinitive Form
The -S FormfallsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormfellSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormfallingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formfallen[no alternative name]

"To Fall" in All the Tenses

The tables below show how "fall" conjugates in the past, present, and future tenses.

Past Tenses

PersonSimple PastPast Progressive TensePast Perfect TensePast Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • fell
  • fell
  • fell
  • fell
  • fell
  • fell
The simple past tense is for a completed activity that happened in the past.
  • was falling
  • were falling
  • was falling
  • were falling
  • were falling
  • were falling
The past progressive tense is for an ongoing activity in the past. Often, it is used to set the scene for another action.
  • had fallen
  • had fallen
  • had fallen
  • had fallen
  • had fallen
  • had fallen
The past perfect tense is for emphasizing that an action was completed before another took place.
  • had been falling
  • had been falling
  • had been falling
  • had been falling
  • had been falling
  • had been falling
The past perfect progressive tense is for showing that an ongoing action in the past has ended.

Present Tenses

PersonSimple PresentPresent Progressive TensePresent Perfect TensePresent Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • fall
  • fall
  • falls
  • fall
  • fall
  • fall
The simple present tense is mostly for a fact or a habit.
  • am falling
  • are falling
  • is falling
  • are falling
  • are falling
  • are falling
The present progressive tense is for an ongoing action in the present.
  • have fallen
  • have fallen
  • has fallen
  • have fallen
  • have fallen
  • have fallen
The present perfect tense is for an action that began in the past. (Often, the action continues into the present.)
  • have been falling
  • have been falling
  • has been falling
  • have been falling
  • have been falling
  • have been falling
The present perfect progressive tense is for a continuous activity that began in the past and continues into the present (or finished very recently).

Future Tenses

PersonSimple FutureFuture Progressive TenseFuture Perfect TenseFuture Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • will fall
  • will fall
  • will fall
  • will fall
  • will fall
  • will fall
The simple future tense is for an action that will occur in the future.
  • will be falling
  • will be falling
  • will be falling
  • will be falling
  • will be falling
  • will be falling
The future progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will occur in the future.
  • will have fallen
  • will have fallen
  • will have fallen
  • will have fallen
  • will have fallen
  • will have fallen
The future perfect tense is for an action that will have been completed at some point in the future.
  • will have been falling
  • will have been falling
  • will have been falling
  • will have been falling
  • will have been falling
  • will have been falling
The future perfect progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will be completed at some specified time in the future.

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Most Common Irregular Verbs

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