English Phrasal Verbs

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These exercises are about using the verb 'to turn' combined with particles. Here are some of the most common:

'to turn against' means to change opinion to not liking or agreeing with someone or something.

  • Since they declared war, the country has turned against the government.
  • He is always spreading nasty stories in an attempt to turn everyone against me.

'to turn around' means to turn so that you are facing the opposite direction.

  • When I'm speaking to you, turn around and look at me.
  • I recognised him even from behind. He didn't need to turn around so I could see his face.

'to turn someone away' means to refuse them entry to a place.

  • We only have fifty places so we have to turn people away every day.
  • The restaurant has a strict dress code. It turns away anyone in shorts and T-shirt.

'to turn away' also means to refuse to help someone.

  • Nobody is turned away. We help everyone who comes to us.
  • He's my nephew, I can't turn him away without giving him some money.

'to turn back' means to fold a part of something so that it covers another part.

  • She marked her place in the book by turning back the page.
  • When we arrived in the room, the maid had turned back the bedcovers.

'to turn back' also means to return to the place you came from.

  • The road was impassable after the snow so we had to turn back.
  • I forgot to pick up the street map and guide book so we had to turn back and go get them.

'to turn back' also means to change your plans.

  • There was no turning back once she had said she was going to do it.
  • We have invested a lot of time and money in this project, there's no turning back now.

'to turn down' means to refuse something.

  • He was offered a job there but he turned it down as it was too far from home.
  • I turned down an invitation to dinner to come and spend the evening with you.

'to turn down' also means to reduce the amount of heat or sound produced.

  • Turn the TV down. It is far too loud.
  • It's rather hot in here. Shall I turn the heating down now?

'to turn in' means to give something to someone in authority to deal with it.

  • To get a new driver's licence, I had to turn in my old one.
  • There was an amnesty and you could turn in guns and knives without any consequence.


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