Fire - Learn how to use this word like a native speaker


Fire can be used as an uncountable noun. When we talk about fire as a 'thing' it doesn't need an article (a, an or the).
"Fire is hot."
- We are not talking about something burning, we're just talking about fire itself.

Fire can also be used as a countable noun. When we talk about something that happened fire is countable and needs an article.
"There was a big fire at my neighbor's house. Many firemen came."
- This means my neighbor's house was burning.

"Did you hear about the fire downtown last night? Luckily no one was hurt."
- Last night a building was burning downtown.

*It can also be a planned event.

"We had a nice fire last night by the lake."


Phrasal verb - ON fire
-This means something is burning right now.

"My greenhouse is ON fire!"

Phrasal verb - Burn down
-This means burn completely; be destroyed by fire.

"That old cabin in the woods burned down last weekend."

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