Burn Out

Burn Out

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

    When a candle stops burning because there is nothing left to burn.
    [Part.Adj] {Burned-out} Refers to a candle or flame that stopped burning.

    Hurry and make a wish before the candles burn out.
    When the candles burn out, use the flashlight.

  2. 2

    When you are tired or lose the energy/drive to do something.
    [Part.Adj]{Burned-out} Refers to someone who is extremely tried or stressed.

    Riley had gotten burned out from working for seven years at the same office, so he left.
    If you don't want to feel burned out in your job, then make sure to take a break from time to time.

  3. 3

    When an electrical unit stops functioning.

    The motor burned out, so we have to get it replaced.
    Our light bulb keeps flickering, and I think it is about burn out.

Burn Out
  1. Did you know that many people were _____ ___ of their houses because of fires related to a candle being left to ____ ____ on its own?
  2. While it is true that smaller candles _____ ___ faster than bigger ones, if a candle is actually made of good, solid wax, it can last a few hours before finally ______ ___
  3. She was completely _____ ____ after working overtime.
  4. You've been working in the same industry for a decade, don't you ever get _____ ____?
  5. It's time for a new stove. The old one just ____ ____ on me!

Listen for the phrasal verb Burn Out in the video clip from the movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

  1. Indy, the torches are _______ ___.

    Go on, get out of here.

    Sallah!
    Hello!

    Hello!

    Why, Dr. Jones, whatever are you doing in such a nasty place?

    Why don't you come on down here! I'll show you!

    Thank you, my friend, but I think we are all very comfortable up here.

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

  • Did you know that many people were burning out of their houses because of fires related to a candle being left to burn out on its own?
    While it is true that smaller candles burn out faster than bigger ones, if a candle is actually made of good, solid wax, it can last a few hours before finally burns out.
    She was completely burnt out after working overtime.
    You’ve been working in the same industry for a decade, don’t you ever get burn out?
    It’s time for a new stove. The old one just burns out on me!

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