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Use I fell asleep to talk about an event in the past.

Use I fall asleep to talk about ongoing events, or for something happening in the present (right now).

I fell asleep

This is correct

This phrase is used to indicate the action of changing from being awake to being asleep at some point in the past.

Explanation provided by a TextRanch English expert


Some examples from the web:

  • I fell asleep in a park the other day.
  • I fell asleep in my room.
  • Gabrielle. I fell asleep on watch.
  • Well, I fell asleep before that happened.
  • I fell asleep while studying at my desk.
  • I fell asleep during last period
  • Drivers Ed.
  • He was here when I fell asleep.

I fall asleep

This is correct

This phase is used to describe the action of changing from the state of being awake to being asleep in a habitual or recurring way.

On rare occasions this form might be used in a narrative being told in the present tense.

Explanation provided by a TextRanch English expert.


Some examples from the web:

  • Then I thank heaven and I fall asleep.
  • I don't know. I fall asleep easily.
  • Should I take a bath tonight or will I fall asleep and drown?
  • Who's going to talk to me at night before I fall asleep?
  • If I fall asleep, I'll get to my destination.
  • Whenever I pray, I fall asleep.
  • I fall asleep thinking about guys named Louboutin and Laurent.
  • Nudge me if I fall asleep.

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