Learn English Faster with Laughter
Captain Britlish: I say, Mrs B. Is it just me, or has it got rather chilly in here?
Mrs Britlish: The fire’s just gone out, dear.
Why is this funny?
The phrasal verb, to go out, has a literal and an idiomatic meaning.
The fire has literally gone out, through the door, in fact. We go out when we leave a building.
Normally, fires are said to go out when they stop burning and supplying heat.
The double meaning of the phrasal verb provides the humour.
Go out is an intransitive, inseparable phrasal verb.
Its literal meaning is to go out of your house: I’m going out.
Its idiomatic meaning is when a fire stops burning: The fire has gone out.
Another meaning of go out is to be having a romantic relationship with someone: Is she really going out with him?
Other examples of usage
- I’m going out to the shops.
- I went out to the shops.
- I will be going out to the shops.
- The fire is going out.
- Make sure the fire does not go out.
- Would you go out with me?
- They have been going out with each other for over a year now.
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