“Felt” and “fell,” two past tense verbs, are often confused by nonnative speakers. The words look and sound similar, so the confusion is understandable.
Still, the words mean two very different things.
FALL (fall-fell-fallen). “Fall” means to drop or come down quickly and accidentally.
FEEL (feel-felt-felt). “Feel” means to perceive a sensation either by touch or by emotion.
NO: I hurt my head when I slipped and felt on some ice. (Correct: fell)
NO: Melissa fell terrible about the mistake. (Correct: felt)
Ways to Remember FEEL/FELT
(It’s not a visual verb so try remembering a phrase in context):
- Google Translate – to hear the “t” sound in “felt”
- Read the word in context:
Or perhaps remember a meme:
Or learn and sing words from a song, like:
“HAPPY” by Pharrell Williams
Ways to Remember FALL/FELL
- A good visual for what happens when you fall:
- … or when prices (or trees, leaves, statues, Communism, etc.)
- Learn about “falling in love” through songs.
Here is a love song by The Beatles “If I Fell” (cover) that begins: “If I fell in love with you …”