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    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my choice of the suitable interpretations of the phrasal verb in bold in the following sentence?

    I should never have thought that you would fall for your promises.

    fall for = be deceived or swindled by

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my choice of the suitable interpretations of the phrasal verb in bold in the following sentence?

    I should never have thought that you would fall for your promises.

    fall for = be deceived or swindled by
    I suspect that there is a mistake in the original sentence, unless the meaning is that the speaker made promises that he did not intend to keep, and then later forgot that and tried to keep them.

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    I'm puzzled by the original sentence too. I just wanted to remark that "fall for" seems to be rarely used with "promise" in literature for some reason. The only example I was able to find is here at the very end of the essay.

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    Default Re: fall for

    I must have made a mistake in my original post. It is most likely that the sentence in question must look so:

    I should never have thought that you would fall for my promises.

    What do think about the two sentences below?

    Don't fall for that old trick; he's trying to persuade you to buy his goods.

    Don't fall for that solemn promise; he's trying to persuade you to buy his goods.

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    Last edited by vil; 06-Jun-2011 at 06:07.

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