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    when you burn woods you can hear their sound being burnt

    Can I say "when you burn woods you can hear their sound being burnt"?

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    Re: when you burn woods you can hear their sound being burnt

    No, sound doesn't burn. Besides, you may have noticed that teachers have been trying to get you not to repeat words. Why not try again using 'burn' or its derivatives only once.

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    Re: when you burn woods you can hear their sound being burnt

    Also note that you can use "wood" (uncountable noun) or "pieces of wood" (countable noun), but not "woods". "Woods" is another way of saying "small forests".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: when you burn woods you can hear their sound being burnt

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, sound doesn't burn. Besides, you may have noticed that teachers have been trying to get you not to repeat words. Why not try again using 'burn' or its derivatives only once.
    When you burn wood you can hear the sound of burning. Can I say "I could hear the sound of wood being burnt"?

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    Re: when you burn woods you can hear their sound being burnt

    Yes, you can say "I could hear the sound of wood being burnt".


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    Re: when you burn woods you can hear their sound being burnt

    Wood makes a noise when it burns.

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    Re: when you burn woods you can hear their sound being burnt

    "When you burn wood you can hear the sound of the fire crackling."

    This is close to your original and doesn't use 'burn' or 'wood' twice. It's what you should be aiming for in some of your longer sentences. Often it's best just to write shorter sentences, but if you vary the words, a longer sentence can be appealing.

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