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    live or alive electric or electrical

    One should never throw water on an alive electrical fire.
    A B C D
    Which one is incorrect? I think C or D. But i don't understand the meanings of live and alive, also electric and electrical. Can you explain it to me? thanks very much

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    Re: live or alive electric or electrical

    I think Rover might have pressed "Submit" too soon!

    You are right that A and B are correct, although "One" could be changed to "You" and it would still be correct. We refer to electrics as being "live", not "alive".

    Be careful, there's a live electric cable there.
    I found out it was live when I stuck my finger on it and ended up in hospital.

    "Electrical" is being used as an adjective to describe the type of fire, so the adjective "electrical" is correct.

    I have an issue with the sentence as a whole. Quite simply, "one should never throw water on an electrical fire". If I found an electric heater or fan on fire, I wouldn't waste time finding out if it was plugged in or not, I would assume that it was "live" and I would not put water anywhere near it.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Apr-2014 at 19:44. Reason: Typo - thanks tzfujimino
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: live or alive electric or electrical

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Quite simply, "one should never throw water on an electrical fire".

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    Re: live or alive electric or electrical

    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: live or alive electric or electrical

    Ems and I live in different parts of England. Where I live we all say 'electrical appliances' but call the individual articles 'electric fires', 'electric heaters', 'electric blankets', 'electric kettles' etc.

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    #6

    Re: live or alive electric or electrical

    In AmE we say things the same as Rover except we would say "electrical fires". To me an "electric fire" sounds like one of the fake fires put in a fireplace to simulate burning wood.

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    Re: live or alive electric or electrical

    I'm with Mike on this one. An electric fire is an appliance you put in the fireplace if you don't want to have a real fire. An electrical fire is an emergency situation where something which runs on electricity has caught fire.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: live or alive electric or electrical

    Hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    One shouldn't throw water on neither electric fires nor electrical fires. :)

    Cheers.

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    Re: live or alive electric or electrical

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    One shouldn't throw water on neither electric fires nor electrical fires. :)
    No.
    One should throw water on neither electric fires nor electrical fires.
    One shouldn't throw water on either electric fires or electrical fires.

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