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    He lit the match and tossed it onto the logs.

    He lit the match and tossed it onto the logs. The fireplace came to life with a whoosh.

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    Re: He lit the match and tossed it onto the logs.

    I think you'll find that tossing a match onto logs isn't likely to bring a fireplace to life with a whoosh. You usually have to hold the match under the kindling and give it some encouragement. Then the fire will eventually get going — but not with a whoosh.

    Try it!
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    Re: He lit the match and tossed it onto the logs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I think you'll find that tossing a match onto logs isn't likely to bring a fireplace to life with a whoosh. You usually have to hold the match under the kindling and give it some encouragement. Then the fire will eventually get going — but not with a whoosh.

    Try it!
    Actually, a whoosh happens when I pour alcohol on the logs before a toss the match onto them.

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    Re: He lit the match and tossed it onto the logs.

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    He lit the a match and tossed it onto the logs. The fireplace came to life with a whoosh.
    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Actually, a whoosh happens when I pour alcohol on the logs before a toss tossing the a match onto them.
    Note my amendments above. Unless the specific match has been mentioned already, we use "light a match".

    Safety note: it's a very bad idea to put alcohol anywhere and then throw a match on it!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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