"fall over" / "fall" / "fall down"

GeneD

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I'm afraid that he might fall over again and hurt himself.
She still can't walk properly - she keeps falling over.
I just touched the vase and it fell over.


Is it possible to use "fall" or "fall down" instead of "fall over" in these examples? And if so, how natural would it sound?
 

teechar

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Broadly speaking, "fall over" suggests a fall to the side; whereas "fall down" suggests a vertical drop from some height.
 
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