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    Candle and lantern

    Hi guys,


    We say "We turn off or turn on the bulbs or tube lights" but what do we use for " Candles or lanterns"?

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    #2

    Re: Candle and lantern

    You light candles.
    You light a lantern
    You blow out candles.
    You extinguish lanterns and candles.

    Your use of quote marks is slipping again.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: Candle and lantern

    You can also put out or snuff out a candle (I wouldn't be surprised if 'snuff out' was BrE only). The word 'snuff' is more common now in the context of videos that show a person being killed: 'snuff videos' [an odious usage, but it exists].

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    #4

    Re: Candle and lantern

    When I was an altar boy (eons ago) we had candle snuffers on a long pole for the candles we couldn't reach.

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    #5

    Re: Candle and lantern

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

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    #6

    Re: Candle and lantern

    Can we also use "Douse".

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    #7

    Re: Candle and lantern

    Doubtful, I'd say. 'Douse' is not a common word (in any context), but this COCA link doesn't list 'candle' among the (fairly sparse) collocates. BNC (a much smaller corpus) lists even fewer.

    That said, it'd be understood. I think it'd be more likely in cases of emergency or precaution, rather than just everyday snuffing

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    #8

    Re: Candle and lantern

    I agree that "douse" is uncommon, but it does seem to be used for candles.

    See the Collins Dictionary entry (third from the top) here: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/doused

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    #9

    Re: Candle and lantern

    'Douse the lights' is not uncommon. Many dictionaries in the OneLook site say so.

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    "Douse" sounds like an emergency procedure to me. Not what you would use in normal circumstances.

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