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    fire is on

    Can we say "the fire is still on" or "the fire is off"?
    Or is off / on not correct for fire?

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    Re: fire is on

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Can we say "the fire is still on" or "the fire is off"?
    Or is off / on not correct for fire?
    If it's an electric fire, then it's either on or off.
    If it's a real fire (wood/coal etc) then we say:

    The fire is still alight.
    The fire is still lit.
    The fire is still burning.

    The fire has gone out.

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    Re: fire is on

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If it's an electric fire, then it's either on or off.
    If it's a real fire (wood/coal etc) then we say:

    The fire is still alight. Not used in AmE.
    The fire is still lit.
    The fire is still burning.

    The fire has gone out.
    For an electric, oil or natural gas source of heat in AmE we would say, "The heat is on/off", but we would not use the term "fire" with those sources.

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