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What is the difference between 'fell' and 'feel'?

What is the difference between 'fell' and 'feel'?

The words fell and feel are often confused because of their similar spelling. We'll explain the difference.

Feel means to use the sense of touch when used as a verb.

Fell means to make something fall; especially to chop down a tree when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is Fell is spelled similar to Fall.

Out of the two words, 'feel' is the most common. It appears about two times more frequently than 'fell'.



It's easy to misspell words that look similar, like feel and fell.

Feel is a verb that means "to perceive by touch, to experience a sensation or emotion."

Fell is the past tense form of "to fall." It can also be a present tense verb that means "to make something fall."

Is the phrase 'bottom fell out' or 'bottom feel out'?

You should use 'bottom fell out'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Which is correct 'fell off my plate' or 'feel off my plate'?

The correct phrase is 'fell off my plate'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Should it be 'in one fell swoop' or 'in one feel swoop'?

You should use 'in one fell swoop'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Is the correct phrase 'do you feel me' or 'do you fell me'?

The correct expression is 'do you feel me'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Some synonyms of fell are: crashed, chopped, dropped.

Some synonyms of feel are: experience, perceive.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of fellDictionary Definition of feel

Examples of fell in a sentence

He fell with a hard, wheezing thud onto the lawn.
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
To his amazement, Samantha tripped and fell.
- Mystery Bride by B. J. Daniels
The hair fell down on either side in a heavy curtain.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming
Fixing the Professor’s gaze with his own, he fell silent.
- Grand Junction by Maurice G. Dantec
A rock tied to my ankle as I fell overboard.
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren

Examples of feel in a sentence

To hear your voice, Great One——To feel you in my mind—” His chin sagged again.
- The Rise and Fall of a Dragonking by Lynn Abbey
I'm starting to feel a little hungry and I'd rather not go through this again.
- Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings
Samantha could feel the tension in the air, a high-pitched electric inaudible buzz.
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
It made her feel mischievous.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber
Can you even remember the last time a man made you feel like that?
- Mystery Bride by B. J. Daniels
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