Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)
Collocations are words that usually go together in English.
Here we are going to look at words that go with 'turn' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.
Have a turn (at something)
The collocation 'have a turn at something' is used to offer, take, or ask for the chance to use or do something. It only applies to things people must do or use one after the other, rather than all at the same time.
Give something a turn
When you 'give something a turn,' you move something in a circular direction, or so that a different side or surface is on top.
If you make a 'sharp' or 'sudden turn,' then you abruptly change the direction in which you are moving or facing.
Make a U-turn
In a literal sense, to 'make a u-turn' refers to a vehicle making a 180-degree turn so that is facing in the opposite direction. That meaning can also be transferred to figuratively express a complete reversal of something such as an idea, opinion, plan etc.
At every turn
Something that happens 'at every turn,' happens at every opportunity, or every time you try to do something. It is often said in frustration in reference to something that is preventing you from achieving your aim.