• Turn Around – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Turn Around

    Infinitive form: Turn Around

    Present Tense: Turn Around/ Turns Around

    ing form: Turning Around

    Past tense: Turned Around

    Past Participle: Turned Around


    Turn Around is a separable English phrasal verb. It can be used in two different ways:


    When you move your body or a vehicle so it faces the opposite direction. It’s quite similar to the term “did a complete 180,” which refers to the movement of a circle when turned 180 degrees, and will result to the object facing the opposite direction

    1.  If you’ve had turned around in time, you would’ve seen Tom Cruise driving by.

    2. Vincent turned the painting around for the audience to see.


    When you improve a bad situation into something better

    1. I believe it is never too late to turn things around; The change should come from within. After all, it’s a matter of perspective.

    2. Hatred won’t do you any good. If you really love her, you can still turn your relationship around by swallowing your pride and tell her you’re sorry.


    Note: Turnaround (n.) used as a noun means a great improvement in a bad situation.

    I’ve been really depressed, but there’s been a major turnaround when I realized my own strength as well as the unfailing support of my mom.


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    Exercises: Write your answers in comments and we will correct them.

    Fill in the gaps from the video above:

    “You see, I haven’t really talked to anyone outside of my family all summer, but tomorrow is my first day of high school ever and I need to ____ things ____, so I have a plan.”

    What is his plan so he could turn things around?

    Can you describe one moment in your life where you get to turn things around? How did it go? What did you do to make things better?


    Did you ever experience a point in your life where you feel you want to turn things around? Why? What was happening then, and what would you like to happen?


    Complete the sentences below with the correct form of Turn Around.

    1. If you want to defeat your enemies, then you should be ______ ______ and facing them instead of facing me.

    2. Tyrone _____ his life ____ by being hardworking and maintaining his loyalty, despite all the trials he faced.

    3. If only you had _____ _____ the moment I told you to, you would’ve seen John in his most embarrassing moment.

    4. _____ _____ and see who’s behind you.

    5. You cannot _____ your life _____ just by talking about it. So, stop talking and start doing.


    Change the example sentences above to negative sentences (or positive, if the sentence is already negative). Then change them to questions.

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