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    candle

    1) We light a candle. But what is the opposite? is it "put out"? Is this the best verb?
    2) Is it correct to say "a candle burns until it puts out"?

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    Re: candle

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    1) We light a candle. But what is the opposite? is it "put out"? Is this the best verb?
    2) Is it correct to say "a candle burns until it puts out"?
    We "put out" a candle. Otherwise it eventually "goes out" by itself.

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    Re: candle

    We often blow out a candleor blow a candle out. We can also snuff out a candle, snuff a candle out, or simply snuff a candle. If we are being formal, we can extinguish it.

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    Re: candle

    Is there a special expression in English for putting out a candle with your thumb and index finger moistened with saliva?

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    Re: candle

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    Is there a special expression in English for putting out a candle with your thumb and index finger moistened with saliva?
    Both I and my flatmate are sure there is a word for this, but neither of us can think of it. Mind you, nor can Google so maybe we're imagining it.

    It makes a great sound though - Tssss.

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    Re: candle

    Not as far as I know. That's including in 'snuffing (out)'.

    ps. (A few moments later.) I think I remember my grandmother 'pinching out' candles, but I am not sure about that.

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    Re: candle

    Alright, now what is the sound of the notion of putting out a candle with vinegar and bicarbonate soda resonating in the soul?

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