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    Fall back on/ fall back upon

    Please consider the following sentences,

    1) In management, as you rise higher, the problems you face become more and more unstructured and you can't just fall back on the tools you had been taught.

    2) In management, as you rise higher, the problems you face become more and more unstructured and you can't just fall back upon the tools you had been taught.

    Of the above sentences, which preposition is correct to use after 'fall back'?

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    #2

    Re: Fall back on/ fall back upon

    Where did you find these sentences?
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    #3

    Re: Fall back on/ fall back upon

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Where did you find these sentences?
    In a book named 'Objective General English' by Dr. R.S. Aggarwal and Vikas Aggarwal.

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    #4

    Re: Fall back on/ fall back upon

    Both are correct. Did your book suggest one wasn't?

    As a speaker of BrE, I use mainly 'on'.
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    #5

    Re: Fall back on/ fall back upon

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Did your book suggest one wasn't?
    Yes, it suggested that between the two preposition, 'on' was incorrect. It emphasised to use 'upon' after 'fall back'.

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    #6

    Re: Fall back on/ fall back upon

    'On' is not incorrect. It is more common than 'upon' in BrE: ngram
    Last edited by Piscean; 20-Sep-2020 at 19:15.
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    Re: Fall back on/ fall back upon

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman View Post
    Yes, it suggested that between the two preposition, 'on' was incorrect. It emphasised to use 'upon' after 'fall back'.
    That may be the case in your variant, but it isn't in mine. Speakers of other variants will have their views.

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    #8

    Re: Fall back on/ fall back upon

    As far as AmE is concerned, fall back upon is not incorrect, but is either old-fashioned or excessively formal.

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    Re: Fall back on/ fall back upon

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman View Post
    Yes, it suggested that between the two preposition, 'on' was incorrect. It emphasised to use 'upon' after 'fall back'.
    I would only use "on".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Fall back on/ fall back upon

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman View Post
    In a book named 'Objective General English' by Dr. R.S. Aggarwal and Vikas Aggarwal.
    In future threads, Barman, please tell us the source and author of quoted text in post #1.

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