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The phrasal Verb Page

burn down (usually no object): become destroyed / consumed by fire.

Note 1: For stationary upright things--trees, buildings, etc.--only.

"Lightning struck Mr. Kennedy's barn last night. It burned down before the fire fighters arrived."

Note 2: This phrasal verb is normally used without an object; when there is an object, the phrasal verb is separable.

"The insurance company thinks that maybe Mr. Kennedy burned his barn down himself."

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