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    Get fell in

    Almost out of sight the line visably halts and a Sgt Majors voice rings out
    "Get fell in at the rear of the Column"
    http://www.arrse.co.uk/community/thr...ell-in.123038/
    Can anyone please parse the expression get fell in?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: Get fell in

    In the military, to fall in is to get into formation. A military unit marching in formation is called a column.

    I looked at the link you wisely provided, and there are a lot of mistakes in spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. "Get fell in" is wrong. It should be "Fall in."

    The officer is telling the soldiers to get into the line.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Get fell in

    'Get fell in' may be grammatically incorrect, but these words are used by many NCOs in the British army. The correct 'Fall in' is always used as the formal command
    Last edited by Piscean; 04-May-2016 at 16:47. Reason: typo

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    Re: Get fell in

    Sergeant Majors aren't chosen for their grammar.

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    Re: Get fell in

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    'Ger fell in' may be grammatically incorrect, but these words are used by many NCOs in the British army. The correct 'Fall in' is always used as the formal command
    Interesting! It's definitely not what an American would say.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Get fell in

    It may surprise you to know that America is not the only country on this planet.

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    Re: Get fell in

    It is acceptable, and useful, for members to point out that a particular expression is not used in their variety of English. I will say if something is not used in BrE.

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