[Ads-l] _light on fire_ vs. _set on fire_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 20 16:07:35 EDT 2016

On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 9:59 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:

> John set the house on fire. (OK)
> John set the house ablaze. (OK)
> John set the house afire. (?)

"John set the house afire" sounds all right to me. "Different strokes for
different folks."

How do you feel about "The house
_caught fire_
_caught afire_
_caught on fire_"?I

IMO, they're all good, but _caught fire_ is better than the other two,
which seem regional, but are all right, because I'm from a region - East
Texas - where stuff catches afire/on fire.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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