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Hi guys,

I've been wondering if I'm correctly using 'in turn'. Emotion: wink

According to LONGMAN Dictionary of Contemporary English it has 2 meanings:

a)
as a result of something:
Interest rates were cut and, in turn, share prices rose.
b) one after the other, especially in a particular order:
Each of us in turn had to describe how alcohol had affected our lives.

I always used it when I wanted to contrast one point from another or when moving on to another issue, like in:

Jack is really fond of sports cars. John, in turn, prefers classic cars.

or

Advantages of living in a big city consist in having a good access to life commodities. Disadvantages, in turn, relate to high level of pollution.

Here, its meaning is close to 'however' and I'm not sure if I've been using it correctly in such contexts. Please, tell me what you think of such usage of 'in turn'. Acceptable or not?

Thank you in advance,
Michał

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I'm not a native speaker, but I think 'in turn' means 'a counteraction following the action'

Just my 2 cents:-)

Here's what I found from Collins Cobuild.

33 turn
You use in turn to refer to actions or events that are in a sequence one after the other, for example because one causes the other.
One of the members of the surgical team leaked the story to a fellow physician who, in turn, confided in a reporter.
PHR: PHR with cl/group
I think you should use however/on the contrary in your sentences:

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- in turn

adverb

in due order of succession : SUCCESSIVELY<new waves of hope arise to shatter themselves in turn against the sands of despair -- M.R.Cohen> <revision of estimated sales ... and this, in turn, will mean revision in production schedules -- J.K.Blake> : ALTERNATELY<in turn caustic and idyllic -- Mark Gayn> <each in turn comes into the ascendant at the other's expense -- A.J.Toynbee>


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Jack is really fond of sports cars. John, however/on the contrary, prefers classic cars.

or

Advantages of living in a big city consist in having a good access to life commodities. Disadvantages, however/on the contrary , relate to high level of pollution.
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They don't have to be contradictory. However works in your example, but not as a global replacement.

Miss Smith was tearful on her last day of teaching. John raised his hand to say how much he had enjoyed having her as his teacher. Each student, in turn, shared a memory of how she had helped them and to say how much they would miss her.
Thank you all for your opinions!

Grammar GeekMiss Smith was tearful on her last day of teaching. John raised his hand to say how much he had enjoyed having her as his teacher. Each student, in turn, shared a memory of how she had helped them and to say how much they would miss her.

Yes, it's a similar context of using 'in turn' to my examples.
GG, so I understand that you find my both examples acceptable?

I wonder why there is no such usage of 'in turn' to be found in dictionaries. Do you have any idea, GG?

Finally, if you were to find a phrase or word synonymous with 'in turn' in your example above, what would it be? However doesn't fit here, I guess.
It's hard to find a single word.

One after the other, each student shared a memory ...

Each student individually shared a memory ... (not as good)
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Oxford Advanced Learner's Compass 7th Edition

Definition:
as a result of something in a series of events

Examples:
Increased production will, in turn, lead to increased profits.
Scientists are great people; they solve many problems, which in turn helps us.
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I am not born to master English. It's too tough for me
So I've been led astray all these years....it's a good thing to know, now.

Thanks all,
Michal