November 29, 2014 – Word of the Day
To burn something is to cause damage from heat or produce energy.
- I burned myself while I was using the oven.
- She always burns herself when she cooks.
- If you don’t pay attention, you might burn your food.
- The food might get burned. (This sentences uses the passive voice with the verb "get.")
- I smell something burning.
- It smells like something is burning.
- Tom burns wood in the winter to heat his home.
- The local power plant burns coal to produce electricity.
- If you stay in the sun for too long, your skin will get burned.
In the next set of sentences, "burn" is a noun:
- He has a nasty burn on his leg.
- A severe burn on your skin requires attention from a doctor.
- A third-degree burn is a very serious injury.
- There’s a cigarette burn on the table.
- The carpet has a huge burn mark on it and must be replaced. (The word "burn" is used as an adjective in this sentence.)
He got a sunburn.
Sometimes the word "burn" is used when a person is cheated in business or humiliated:
- Roger got burned on a business deal.
- If you aren’t careful when choosing a house to buy, you might get burned.
- Renee could feel the slow burn of embarassment cross her face when she said the wrong thing to a friend of hers.
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