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    #1

    Los Angeles burned.

    Does this "burn" mean "get angry" or "feel emotion"? I think the former.

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    ex)On the surface, the Los Angeles riot seemed to be about the trial of four police officers. In 1991, a man with a video camera taped a group of four white police officers severely beating an African-American man, Rodney King. The police insisted that King had resisted arrest. However, after viewing the tape, which was played repeatedly on national television, many Americans found this story hard to swallow. In addition, the jury ruled that three of the officers were innocent of all charges. News of the verdict quickly spread, and Los Angeles burned. A look at the riots suggest that there was far more at work than simple anger over the King verdict.
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    #2

    Re: Los Angeles burned.

    Hi keannu,

    IMO, it means something stronger than just "get angry". Maybe rage (#2) would be more exact.

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    #3

    Re: Los Angeles burned.

    On the limited material available, I would guess that it means that the rioters started fires in Los Angeles.

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    Re: Los Angeles burned.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    On the limited material available, I would guess that it means that the rioters started fires in Los Angeles.
    How did you come to that conclusion?

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    Re: Los Angeles burned.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    On the limited material available, I would guess that it means that the rioters started fires in Los Angeles.
    I hadn't even considered the possibility of it referring to literal fire. I was so sure it was a metaphoric meaning that I discarded it right away.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Los Angeles burned.

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    How did you come to that conclusion?
    It makes sense to take it literally. Rioters commonly commit arson.

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    #7

    Re: Los Angeles burned.

    Yes, rioters usually do. However considering the meaning of the sentence that follows, I don't think it's a statement to be taken literally.

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    Re: Los Angeles burned.

    The rioters did indeed start fires in Los Angeles. "Widespread looting, assault, arson and murder occurred during the riots, and estimates of property damages topped one billion dollars". Source: Wikipedia.

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    #9

    Re: Los Angeles burned.

    Yes, there were riots and fires and looting after this verdict. It's literal burning.

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    #10

    Re: Los Angeles burned.

    Many of you said it's the literal meaning, not a figurative meaning like "getting furious", but to be sure, I added the missing parts, completing the whole writing for your possible other judgement.

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