In this English lesson, we talked about some different meanings of phrases with the word “get.”
Today, I want to continue the conversation with another weird word, “turn.”
This is a list of some common phrases with “turn up” and “turn down” in them.
turn up: suddenly appear
A: Have you seen my stapler?
B: Keep looking. I’m sure it’ll turn up.
turn it up: make it louder or more powerful
This is my jam! Turn it up!!
turn it down: make it quieter or less powerful
A: TURN THAT RACKET DOWN!
B: But, this is your mom’s favorite song!
turn down the a/c:
This one is weird. For some people this means “make it a lower temperature,” which makes it colder. For other people, it means “use less air conditioning,” which actually makes it hotter. I never know what people mean right away! I have the same problem with “turn UP the a/c.”
turn down: say “no” to an offer
A: You asked her out? Nice!
B: Not nice. She turned me down. 🙁
turn up: Verb