In this episode we look at verbs and nouns with the word turn; Turn on, turn off, turn up, and turn down! When we add a different preposition on the end the meaning changes and here we talk about all their meanings. So turn on this episode and turn up the volume!
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Expressions included in the learning materials
- Turn on
- Turn off
- Turn up
- Turn down
- To reduce intensity of power. You can also turn down the lights. A synonym for turn down is lower. You can say, “Can you please lower the lights?”
- To reject or refuse something. Examples: She turned down the job. The idea was turned down.
Robin: at Culips.com, bringing you Catch Word. That’s C-U-L-I-P-S.COM. Each week, we take one word and talk about its different meanings. We talk about verbs, and nouns, and even slang.
Maura: We look closely at one word. Today’s word is Turn
Robin: Turn, like turn the street corner.
Maura: Exactly. So to turn is when you change directions.
Robin: What’s another example that we can think of here? You’re changing the position. You can do that with your body too.
Maura: You can turn your body to the left or to the right.
Robin: OK. Ah, there’s that sound. I guess, what’s the next one?
Maura: Turn up.
Robin: OK. You can turn up. For example, we can turn up for class.
Maura: Right. So “to turn up for class” means that you are there. You go to class.
Robin: You show up for class. You go to class. Exactly. Exactly. What’s another example that we have?
Maura: If we listen to the radio, we want to listen to it louder, we turn up the volume.
Robin: Turn up the volume. Do you have that problem with your next door neighbor? I know I do.
Robin: Alright. I guess, we can also similarly turn down…the radio.
Maura: I wish my neighbor would turn down his radio sometimes, at night.
Robin: Indeed. Indeed. And you know what? Actually, last week, I met this wonderful person. I asked them out on a date. But they turned down my invitation.
Maura: Oh no. They turned you down.
Robin: Yeah. They turned me down.
Maura: That means they said ‘No’.
Robin: Yeah. It happens quite often…
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