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    Hookah is alive/dead

    Hi. Is it OK useAlive/dead to say Hookah is alive or dead meaning:

    * (Iím/not) getting enough smoke.

    * (not) getting thick smoke.

    * (It) makes thick smoke.

    * (It)doesn't make thick smoke.
    * Hookah is/isn't not producing enough smoke.

    How about Pipes or
    cigarettes?

    How does this sentence sound to you?


    Note: In order for a hookah to reach its highest point and produce thick smoke, one should inhale the smoke through the hose several times. If one does not inhale for a minute tobacco will not get enough heat and does not produce thick smoke again.

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    #2

    Re: Hookah is alive/dead

    I don't understand the question... but I know you need a 'The' (or some other determiner) before 'hookah'.

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    Re: Hookah is alive/dead

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I don't understand the question... but I know you need a 'The' (or some other determiner) before 'hookah'.

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    I mean, keeping a pipe lit or letting it goes out while smoking.
    or should I use "lit" for "alive" and "out" for "dead."

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    #4

    Re: Hookah is alive/dead

    You can use 'dead', but not 'alive'. People use 'gone out' more than 'dead' though; even 'gone dead'. The opposite is 'going': 'In the wind and rain, it was hard to light his pipe. And when he did get it going it kept going out.'

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    #5

    Re: Hookah is alive/dead

    It seems OK with shisha, but cigarettes don't tend to burn out, so it doesn't sound very natural to me there.

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    Re: Hookah is alive/dead

    (That's why I used a pipe in my example. But never having smoked one, I don't if even that works (as an example).

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    #7

    Re: Hookah is alive/dead

    Having absolutely no personal experience with smoking a hookah or communal pipe or a bong or any of those Reefer Madness-type gadgets, I can only report hearsay. And from what I've heard, it's common to state that the hookah/communal pipe "is dead" when no smoke is forthcoming and it needs to be re-ignited. "Hand me your lighter, this is dead." However, "alive" is not commonly used as the opposite; instead the hookah/pipe will be described as "lit", as in "Be careful, it's still lit."

    Cigarettes are rarely discussed in the same way, as they aren't usually shared or passed around. But usually one wouldn't use "dead" when describing a cigarette that is no longer burning; one would say that it had "gone out." "Oh, darn, my cigarette went out. Do you have a match?"

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    #8

    Re: Hookah is alive/dead

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

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    #9

    Re: Hookah is alive/dead

    'Gone out' is a good all-purpose expression for all kinds of things that stop doing something that depends on a flame - a fire, a candle, a pilot light, a pipe...

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