Phrasal Verbs With Turn

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Hi there, this is Harry and welcome back to my podcast where I try to help you to get a better understanding of the English language so that you can have better communication, better conversations, better opportunity to get that job of your dreams.

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What have I got for you today? Today, I’m going to talk to you about phrasal verbs, and we’re talking about phrasal verbs with the verb turn.

So let me give you an example of each of these phrasal verbs. 

The first one, 

to turn down 

Meaning: to reduce the level or volume on a device


Could you please turn down your music? I’ve asked you three times already.

Meaning: to refuse someone’s offer or request


I’m away on business that weekend; regrettably, I’ll have to turn down Jack’s invitation. 

I had to turn down a wedding invitation because my wife was sick.

Now, we can also turn down a job opportunity, you get offered a good job, you consider it, you think about it. In reality, you don’t want to leave your present company because you like the people, you like the job and you like the challenge. So you turn down the job opportunity.

to turn up

Meaning: to arrive, to appear


I looked around the room to see who else had turned up at the party.

I sent a lot of invitations, I didn’t think everybody would come but they’ve all seemed to have turned up.

Please turn up in time for the movie to start. Otherwise, you’ll miss the first 10 minutes.

Meaning: to increase the level or volume on a device


Could you turn up the sound on the TV? I can’t hear anything.

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to turn into 

Meaning: to become something different than they used to be (usually negative)


Have you met Mary recently? Since she got that job she’s turned into a real pain. She’s moaning and groaning and complaining all the time. 

They used to be good fun, but they’ve turned into a real moan.

We don’t often say it in the positive, but you could. For example,

The ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan. 

That’s the old story. 

He used to be very, very shy and wouldn’t say much to anybody. But look at him. Now he’s turned into a real handsome young man, he can hold a conversation with anybody. 

to turn over

Meaning: to turn a page, the action of finishing one page and start in the other


Please turn over the page and continue reading.

We often have this expression 

to turn over a new leaf 

meaning we’re going to start again.

Maybe you’ve had some bad luck in a previous job. Maybe you’ve had some bad luck in a previous relationship. So from the beginning of this new year (or week), you are going to turn over a new leaf.

Meaning: to change your lying position


He simply turned over and continued to snore.

If you’re baking or making or cooking, whatever you’re doing, you want to turn over the omelette

So you flip it over from one side to the other side, so it doesn’t burn too much on one side, and you get it cooked over on both sides. So you turn it over in the pan. 

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to turn back

Meaning: to go back or return to the direction you came


This road is going to be blocked forever. I forgot they’re doing some road repairs, we would be better off turning back and going in the other direction.

We had to turn back and go home another road.

We would all like to turn back time means to become younger, but of course, we can’t turn back time. 

to turn out 

Meaning: to develop or end in a particular way; something might have started off badly, but it finished okay


Things actually turned out okay in the meeting. We eventually got everything agreed upon.

We didn’t like the colour first, it wasn’t looking so good but at the end of the day it turned out okay.

to turn against 

Meaning: to become the opposition or become the enemy


No, he shouldn’t have said that. That’s the reason why the audience or the crowd turned against him.

When somebody turns against you, they become your enemy.

They may have supported you, but they no longer support you, they turn against you.

To turn against the population when it comes to a vote in national elections. They can turn against the government because the government haven’t completed or carried out all the promises they made the last time. 

to turn away

Meaning: to refuse entry or admission somewhere


The bouncers often turn away people when the nightclub is full. 

Or if we are walking down the street, and we see somebody coming up the street that we don’t really want to meet, we turn away very quickly

So we hope that they don’t recognise us before we meet them 

phrasal verbs with turn

to turn off

Meaning: to leave one road and continue driving on a different one


We turned off the motorway at exit nine and arrived at our destination ten minutes later.

Meaning: to stop something working by pressing a button


Don’t forget to turn off the lights before you come to bed. 

to turn to sb or sth

Meaning: to look for support, help or advice


You can always turn to me if you need something, I’ll always be there.

When trying to find a particular word, I always turn to this dictionary.

So phrasal verbs with turn, let me give them to you once again:

  • to turn down
  • to turn up
  • to turn into 
  • turn over
  • turn back
  • turn out 
  • to turn against
  • turn away
  • turn off
  • to turn to 

Hopefully, you pick one or two out there that you can use. 

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