Chinese synonyms - Fall: 摔 shuāi & 掉 diào

I tried to figure out the difference between these two words, and here are some notes on what I found out. Please share if there is anything else I'm not catching here :)

 [shuāi] is used for two kinds of falling:

A person falling over by accident:

老人摔倒了。

lǎo rén shuāi dǎo le.


Someone getting angry and throwing things:
他把杯子摔在地上。

tā bă bēi zi shuāi zài dì shang.

他一生气把电视机都摔了。

tā yī shēng qì bă diàn shì jī dōu shuāi le.


 [diào] is used for things falling down on the floor:
钢笔掉在了地上。

gāng bĭ diào zài le dì shang.

Also used for a plane going down:
飞机掉下来了。

fēi jī diào xià lái le.

 

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