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    #1

    Let's warm our hands

    Hi teachers,

    Is "Let's warm our hands on fire. It's very cold" correct?

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    #2

    Re: Let's warm our hands

    'Let's warm our hands above the fire.'

    Not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Let's warm our hands

    "Above the fire" doesn't work, Matthew Wai.

    Let's warm our hands at the fire.
    Let's warm our hands round the fire.
    Let's warm our hands in front of the fire.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Let's warm our hands

    Or "by the fire."

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    #5

    Re: Let's warm our hands

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Above the fire" doesn't work, Matthew Wai.
    Is it because the hands may be burnt?

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    #6

    Re: Let's warm our hands

    Yes. It can be done, but it could lead to injury.

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    #7

    Re: Let's warm our hands

    'She raised her skinny hands above the fire to keep warm'── quoted from http://vietnamnews.vn/print/219606/l...-the-night.htm
    Is it misleading?

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    #8

    Re: Let's warm our hands

    No. It is possible.

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    #9

    Re: Let's warm our hands

    One can certainly describe hands as being "above" a fire, but we would not invite someone to put their hands "above" a fire to get them warm.

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    #10

    Re: Let's warm our hands

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Above the fire" doesn't work, Matthew Wai.
    Then should I take 'doesn't work' to mean 'isn't safe action' instead of 'isn't correct English' in this context?

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