Submitted by Hairy Scot on October 16, 2012

“it caught on fire”

In NZ I have often seen in print and heard people say “it caught on fire” instead of “it caught fire”. Is this a regional thing or does it occur elsewhere?

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I've heard both in the US

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I have heard both in the UK. But I am aware that caught fire/catch fire is standard English.

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While I've heard both in the US, I think "caught ON fire" is used most colloquially.

BTW, GO KIWIS! (I just LOVE NZ).

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