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    to fall apart - to wear out

    Do they have the same meaning?

    1) My boots are falling apart.
    2) My boots are worn out.

    3) I think you should throw your shirt away. It's falling apart.
    4) I think you should throw your shirt away. It's worn out.
    5) I think you should throw your shirt away. It's wearing out.

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    Re: to fall apart - to wear out

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Do they have the same meaning?

    1) My boots are falling apart.
    2) My boots are worn out.

    3) I think you should throw your shirt away. It's falling apart.
    4) I think you should throw your shirt away. It's worn out.
    5) I think you should throw your shirt away. It's wearing out.
    Not a teacher only a native.

    Yes, in that context they mean the same.

    Though they are not synonyms on every occasion.
    For example:
    'Look at that dog, it's worn out' would not mean the same as, 'look at that dog, it's falling apart'.

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    Re: to fall apart - to wear out

    Quote Originally Posted by shroob View Post
    Not a teacher only a native.

    Yes, in that context they mean the same.

    Though they are not synonyms on every occasion.
    For example:
    'Look at that dog, it's worn out' would not mean the same as, 'look at that dog, it's falling apart'.
    And what these two sentences mean?

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    Re: to fall apart - to wear out

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Do they have the same meaning?

    1) My boots are falling apart.
    2) My boots are worn out.

    3) I think you should throw your shirt away. It's falling apart.
    4) I think you should throw your shirt away. It's worn out.
    5) I think you should throw your shirt away. It's wearing out.
    No they don't.
    Some things can fall apart without wearing out - cut flowers, rice cakes, house of cards ...
    Many things can wear out without falling apart - eg. bike chains, ball bearings (many heavy mechanical things), clothes ...

    However, in your example, they have the same approximate meaning. And you use "falling apart" metaphorically.

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    Re: to fall apart - to wear out

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    And what these two sentences mean?
    'Look at that dog, it's worn out' = the dog is very tired.
    'Look at that dog, it's falling apart' = is incorrect use of 'falling apart', dogs do not 'fall apart'.

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    Re: to fall apart - to wear out

    Quote Originally Posted by shroob View Post
    'Look at that dog, it's worn out' = the dog is very tired.
    'Look at that dog, it's falling apart' = is incorrect use of 'falling apart', dogs do not 'fall apart'.
    I agree, but people sometimes "fall apart" figuratively. After a few strenuous hours of hiking, someone could say "Let's stop for a rest. I'm falling apart." Does anyone know the great Patsy Cline song, "I Fall to Pieces?" (I tried to enter the link to YouTube, but am having problems.)
    Last edited by riquecohen; 21-Jun-2011 at 15:49. Reason: Last sentence.

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    Re: to fall apart - to wear out

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Does anyone know the great Patsy Cline song, "I Fall to Pieces?" (I tried to enter the link to YouTube, but am having problems.)
    YouTube - ‪Patsy Cline - I Fall To Pieces‬‏

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