To catch fire
To catch fire in Italian: let’s break this up!
Prendere fuoco could be literally translated as to take fire.
Le case di legno prendono fuoco facilmente.
Wooden houses catch fire easily.
Prendere is a very versatile verb in Italian and you will find it in other collocations with “to catch”. Here are some:
To catch the bus
To catch the flu
Prendere un raffreddore
To catch a cold
Prendere un ladro
To catch a thief
There’s more than a kind of fire in Italian. When we talk about a fire that sparks on its own, we use incendio instead of fuoco.
Incendio in cucina
To catch fire in Italian: examples
Le case di legno prendono fuoco molto facilmente.
Wooden houses catch fire very easily.
La padella ha preso fuoco mentre stavo friggendo alcune strisce di pancetta.
The pan caught fire while I was frying some strips of bacon.
Il pollaio ha preso fuoco, ma le galline sono riuscite a scappare.
The hen house caught fire, but the chickens managed to escape.
Cosa facciamo se l’edificio prende fuoco?
What can we do if the building catches fire?
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