Hey guys! Welcome to [Phrases] today!
Turn on, turn off, turn over, turn around, turn out…Maybe you’ve heard these phrases before but weren’t sure what they meant. And be careful: phrasal verbs usually or almost always have more than one meaning. Today we are going to learn some phrasal verbs with the verb ‘turn’.
1. turn on
- to cause (a machine) to start operating by pulling a switch, pushing a button, etc.
Example: to turn the oven on before preparing food
- to make someone feel more sexually excited
Example: Her body turned him on.
2. turn off
- to cause (a machine) to stop operating by pulling a switch, pushing a button, etc.
Example: He turned the car off and pulled out the key.
- to make someone lose interest or to disgust someone
Example: What turns teenagers off science?
3. turn up
- to suddenly appear in a place without anyone expecting it
Example: A stranger turned up at the party.
- (of an object) to be found without looking for it
Example: My keys turned up – they were under the sofa.
- to increase the amount of sound, heat, or power
Example: Can you turn up the TV?
4. turn over
- to be moved so that the top part is now facing downward
Example: She picked up the envelope and turned it over curiously.
- to think carefully about something
Example: I’ve been turning the idea over in my mind.
- to transfer something to someone
Example: I would have to turn the evidence over to the police.
5. turn around
- to change position so that you face another direction
Example: Turn around and let me look at your back.
- to make something such as a business become successful, after being unsuccessful for a period of time.
Example: Turning the company around won’t be easy.
6. turn in
- to give sth to sb in authority
Example: I haven’t even turned in Monday’s homework yet.
- to go to bed, especially because you are tired
Example: I think I’ll turn in now.
7. turn to
- to become something
Example: Be very careful not to overcook them or they will turn to mush.
- to go to someone or something for help or advice
Example: In times of crisis I know which friends I can turn to.
- to start to think about or do something
Example: to turn to reading books when the Internet is down
8. turn out
- to be present at an event
Example: A vast crowd turned out to watch the procession.
- to develop or end in a particular way
Example: Despite our worries everything turned out well.
- to be discovered to be; to prove to be
Example: The job turned out to be harder than we thought.
9. turn away
- to refuse to allow sb to enter a place
Example: They had nowhere to stay so I couldn’t turn them away.
That’s all for [Phrases] today. Now try to make at least one sentence with the phrases above! That will help you to remember them.
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