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    Question Fall in

    Hi. I am new here. Here I have a question.

    Does "fall in" mean "follow"?

    Example:
    - Fall in me!
    and
    - Follow me!

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Fall in

    Hi Matf. Welcome (I'm new here too). :)

    The phrase fall in line does not sound natural to me (at least, I am not aware of any context in which it is common to express the idea in quite that way).

    In an army context, the command Fall in! is an instruction for soldiers to get into formation. The "following" would then occur when they started marching, so your phrase still wouldn't quite work as it is written.
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    Default Re: Fall in

    Quote Originally Posted by matf9999 View Post
    Hi. I am new here. Here I have a question.

    Does "fall in" mean "follow"?

    Example:
    - Fall in WITH me!
    and
    - Follow me!

    Thanks!
    You can't say 'Fall in me'. The phrasal verb you want is 'fall in with'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    You can't say 'Fall in me'. The phrasal verb you want is 'fall in with'.
    Yeah..
    Have you played S.W.A.T 4? When the leader gave an order, he said "Fall in", his partners said "Yes sir. Falling in". Then they followed the leader.
    That's it :)

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    Default Re: Fall in

    Reply #2 dealt with that usage. The fact is that in non-militaristic contexts 'fall in' doesn't mean 'follow me', and there is no context where you can say 'fall in me'.

    In your context it doesn't mean 'follow me' either, but 'falling in' [=joining a miltaristic formation] involves following someone who is moving.

    b

    PS I said 'miltaristic' rather than just 'military' (the only context where I've met that sort of 'fall in') because I assume that the speaker in the video game you mention is not military but something sexier!
    Last edited by BobK; 03-Sep-2012 at 12:09. Reason: Added PS

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    Default Re: Fall in

    Hey,I was in the military and I'm plenty sexy!

    You may now return to the topic at hand.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hey,I was in the military and I'm plenty sexy!
    Really?
    Have you ever used that phrasal verb?

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    Default Re: Fall in

    Quote Originally Posted by matf9999 View Post
    Have you ever used that phrasal verb?
    I too, have served in uniform, and I have fallen in, and ordered people to fall in. I have followed the order 'Fall in on me' ('Take up position using me as a marker'), but I have never heard 'Fall in me', because it is not used.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I too, have served in uniform, and I have fallen in, and ordered people to fall in. I have followed the order 'Fall in on me' ('Take up position using me as a marker'), but I have never heard 'Fall in me', because it is not used.
    And have you ever heard the less-than-grammatical 'Get fell in' - beloved of scriptwriters (I'm sure it was used in Zulu)?

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    Default Re: Fall in

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Fall in on me'
    Oops.. My bad. It's exactly what I was asking. Thanks

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