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.)

burn 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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