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Angel Falls in Venezuela

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falls (plural falls)

  1. A waterfall.
    Niagara Falls

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falls

  1. plural of fall

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falls

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of fall

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falls

  1. (conditional, somewhat formal) if, in the event that
    Falls es anfängt zu regnen, müssen wir das Fenster zumachen.
    If it starts raining, we need to close the window.
  2. (chiefly colloquial) in case, in order to be prepared if
    Lass uns das Fenster zumachen, falls es anfängt zu regnen.
    Let's close the window, in case it starts raining.

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  • Falls is synonymous to more common wenn (if), but has the advantage of being unambiguously conditional, while wenn can also be used temporally (meaning "when, whenever").
  • Colloquially, falls is used somewhat differently than in standard German proper. It does occur in sense 1, but infrequently. In return, it is often heard in sense 2 where formal usage would require für den Fall, dass.

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falls n

  1. indefinite genitive singular of fall

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falls

  1. if (in the case that)

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falls

  1. indefinite genitive singular of fall
  2. indefinite genitive plural of fall

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