Today we will look at some phrasal verbs that use the verb turn. Someone asked me yesterday what the best way to learn phrasal verbs is. Really, the only way to do it is to memorize them. So I hope that this lesson and the example sentences I give you will help you. So let’s begin. Read the following story and see how many of the phrasal verbs starting with turn you know.
It was a rainy night. Joe was driving for a long time and he was tired. He saw a motel, but they were sold out and so they turned him away. When Joe found out they didn’t have a room, he turned away from the clerk in shock. Joe had to turn back to the highway and keep driving. To help him stay awake, he turned on the radio in his car. One of his favorite songs was playing, so Joe turned up the radio. Then, an old love song came on the radio. That song reminded Joe of a lost love. Joe asked her to marry him, but she turned him down. Joe couldn’t stand hearing that song anymore so he turned down the radio. He finally found a motel with a vacancy. He pulled in to the parking lot and turned off the car. It was finally time to turn in for the night.
Let’s look at the vocabulary:
- and so they turned him away. When you turn [someone] away, you refuse them. You can be turned away from a theater if the show is sold out.
- he turned away from the clerk. When you turn away [from someone], you move your body so your face is not looking at them. If you are disappointed with someone, you might just turn away from them.
- Joe had to turn back to the highway. When you turn back, you return. You can turn back when you have gone the wrong way.
- he turned on the radio in his car. When you turn on a machine, you push the power button to the on position. You can turn on a light, an iPod, or any other electric appliance.
- Joe turned up the radio. When you turn up music or sound, you increase the volume. You can turn up a TV, or a stereo, etc.
- she turned him down. When you turn down someone, you reject them. You can turn someone down if they ask you for a date but you don’t want to go out with them.
- he turned down the radio. When you turn down music or sound, you decrease the volume. You can turn down a TV, or a stereo, etc.
- he turned off the car. When you turn off a machine, you push the power button to the off position. You can turn off a light, an iPod, or any other electric appliance.
- Time to turn in for the night. When you turn in, you go to sleep.
If you are turned on by something, you are excited by that thing. I am turned on by TV shows about space.
If you are turned off by something, you don’t feel good by that thing. I am turned off by raisins. (yes, true!)
If you are turned on by someone, then you are attracted to them in a sexual way.
If you are turned off by someone, it means they are not your type.
It’s time to turn off the computer, so thanks for joining me today. Tomorrow we will continue looking at phrasal verbs. What did you turn on today?