28.04.2016 |

Episode #10 of the course “Common English phrasal verbs: Part 2” by Angela Boothroyd

turn off

1. To turn off something (or turn something off) is to stop it from working or flowing with a switch or a tap.

Turn off is the opposite of turn on.

Examples of use:

a) Don’t forget to turn the tap off when you’ve finished washing your hands.

b) I’ve turned off all the lights and locked the door.

c) This switch turns off the kitchen light.

d) Turn the TV off now – it’s time for bed.


2. To turn off a road is to leave it and travel along a different road.

Example of use:

a) Turn off here, please. My house is the last one on the right.

b) If we turn off at the next junction I’m sure we’ll get there sooner.

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turn up

1. Turn up something or turn something up. When you turn up a machine or electrical device you change the controls so that it is producing more of something, for example sound or heat.

Examples of use:

a) Can you turn the television up, please? I can’t hear it.

b) The oven isn’t hot enough. You need to turn it up.

c) It’s freezing in here. I’ll turn the heating up.


2. When somebody, or something, turns up at a place they arrive there.

Examples of use:

a) I’ve invited twenty people to my party I wonder if they will all turn up.

b) I hope the taxi turns up


3. When something, or someone, turns up they appear unexpectedly, especially if they were lost.

Example of use:

a) My neighbour’s dog ran away last week, and this morning it turned up on her doorstep.

b) I thought I’d lost my English dictionary at college but it turned up at the Reception Desk.


4. To turn up something (or turn something up) also means to discover something, especially information, by investigating or by a lot of searching.

Examples of use:

a) The police have been looking for clues all day. What have they turned up?

b) Did your research into climate change turn up anything interesting?

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From the author

I hope this guide has been useful. If you have any questions, please contact me angela@angelaboothroyd.com

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