Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

turn out

turn out
Meaning(s)
1) shows or reveals
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    • turns out I was wrong, turned out to be true
  • Analysis
    To ‘turn out’ is to have a particular result or outcome, particularly a surprising one. “It turns out that the product we thought would be the most popular is actually not the best selling.” It can also mean that something was revealed or discovered. “It turned out that she was at fault all along.” “The culprit turned out to be my mother.” When something happens in a particular way you can talk about how it ‘turned out’. “How did your holiday turn out?” When people assemble or show up for something you can say they ‘turned out’. “Thousands of people turned out for the free concert in the town square.” 'Turnout' is also a noun referring to the number of people who attended something (especially an election). If you talk about someone 'turnout' you might also be referring to the way in which they are dressed. 'The whole families turnout was spectacular for the wedding.' In dance, a 'turnout' refers to the ability to rotate your legs outwards from the hip.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I was absolutely sure I'd get the job. Turns out I was wrong.
    2. I don't believe what they said on the news, but it might turn out to be true.
    3. So, it turned out that I had completely misjudged the situation. She didn't like me at all!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. It turns out that our research and development strategy had a much better outcome than any of us could have imagined.
    2. I met Gerald at a conference a number of years ago and it turned out that we had a lot in common and we began to work together.
    3. We want to increase our profile in the North of the country as we haven't been experiencing good turnouts to our events in that part of the country.
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