Phrasal Verbs – turn part 3

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These exercises continue looking at the verb ‘to turn’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common:

‘to turn over’ means to move yourself or something so that you or it are facing in the opposite direction.

  • I’d like to see the other side. Can you turn it over, please?
  • Turn over and lie on your back.

‘to turn over’ means to give something to someone in authority.

  • During the investigation all the documents were turned over to the police.
  • They were turned over to the immigration authorities as soon as they landed at the airport.

‘to turn round’ means to make a business profitable after an unsuccessful period.

  • It lost a lot of money last year but the new management have turned it round.
  • All political parties promise to turn the economy round if elected but they never do!

‘to turn round’ also means to change the way something is expressed or considered.

  • Let’s turn that question round and look at it from a different point of view.
  • He always turns what I say round to make me look stupid.

‘to turn to’ someone means to ask them for help or sympathy.

  • I need help and I don’t know who to turn to.
  • She doesn’t seem to have any friends to turn to when she needs help.

‘to turn to’ can also mean to focus on something.

  • Let’s turn our attention to the question of finance next.
  • Let’s move on and turn to an important problem we are facing – drop in sales.

‘to turn up’ means to increase the amount of something, especially heat or volume.

  • It is cold in here. Can you turn up the heating, please?
  • I can’t hear it. Can you turn it up, please?

‘to turn up’ also means to arrive at a place.

  • He finally turned up at my house half an hour late.
  • You don’t need to book. You can just turn up and buy a ticket at the door.

‘to turn up’ can also mean that someone or something arrives when not expected.

  • You’ll find a job. I’m sure something will turn up quite soon.
  • Jane didn’t call to ask if she could come, she just turned up and stayed the weekend.


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