Burn Down

Burn Down

Infinitive: Burn Down
Present Tense: Burn Down/ Burns Down
-ing Form: Burning Down
Past Tense: Burned Down
Past Participle: Burned Down
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in two ways
  1. 1

    When someone uses fire to destroy a structure.

    One of our neighbors threatened to burn his house down.
    The firemen burned down an old house to practice fighting fires.

  2. 2

    When a house, building or other structure is completely destroyed as a result of fire.

    By the time the firemen arrived, half of the building had already burned down.
    A lot of buildings were burned down in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Burn Down
  1. The fire started at 5 A.M. and by 5:30, the museum had completely ______ ____.
  2. Help! Our neighbor's house is ______ ____, and we only live about 30 feet from them. I'm afraid the fire will _____ our house ____ too.
  3. An arsonist tried to ____ ____ an abandoned house in the city.
  4. The explosives are said to be the cause of fire which eventually ______ ____ the building.
  5. Fewer buildings ____ ____ these days, because of better standards.

Watch and listen to how the phrasal verb Burn Down is used in this movie clip from the movie Inglourious Basterds.
Note:This scene is not suitable for young audiences.

  1. What caused the cinema to burn down and who ordered for it to happen?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • The fire started at 5 A.M. and by 5:30, the museum had completely burned out.
    Help! Our neighbor’s house is burning down, and we only live about 30 feet from them. I’m afraid the fire will burn our house down too.
    An arsonist tried to burn down an abandoned house in the city.
    The explosives are said to be the cause of fire which eventually burned down the building.
    Fewer buildings burn out these days, because of better standards.

  • Milica

    1. The fire started at 5 A.M. and by 5:30, the museum had completely burned down.
    2. Help! Our neighbor’s house is burning down, and we only live about 30 feet from them. I’m afraid the fire will burn our house down too.
    3. An arsonist tried to burn down an abandoned house in the city.
    4. The explosives are said to be the cause of fire which eventually burned down the building.
    5. Fewer buildings burn down these days, because of better standards.

  • LOIEnglish

    On Question 1 and Question 5 you use burn out, which has a different meaning. Burn out-means to lose energy. For example: She started the marathon really fast but she burned out in the last 10 miles.

    The correct phrasal verb for anything with fire is: burn down

  • LOIEnglish

    good!

  • Oh, yeah, you are right!! My fault! I didn’t have coffee yet! Haha! Thanks!

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