Smoke is produced when something burns. Smoke comes from fire or from something that is so hot that it begins to ignite. Smoke has a strong smell, and depending on what is burning, it can be very visible.

  • There’s smoke coming from that campfire.
  • I smell smoke. Do you smell smoke?
  • Where’s that smoke coming from?
  • There’s a bunch of smoke coming from the chimney.
  • Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
  • After you go camping, your clothes usually smell like smoke.


There’s smoke coming from that fire!

This word is often used as a verb:

simplepastpast participle
  • She’s smoking a cigarette.
  • It’s not healthy to smoke.
  • Smoking is bad for your health. (In this sentence, "smoking" is a gerund.)
  • It’s hard to quit smoking.
  • The campfire is still smoking. (The fire isn’t out yet.)
  • We smoked some fish after we caught them. (Smoking is a means for preserving food.)
  • Would you like some smoked salmon? (In this question, "smoked" is an adjective.)

The word "smokey" is an adjective:

  • Why is it so smokey in here?
  • The kitchen became smokey because my wife was making dinner. (She always burns the food!)
  • The campsite was all smokey from a campfire.

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June 25, 2015