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Hello,

Describing a direction to someone:

a)-take the second turn to the right

b)-take the second turning on the right

c)-take the second turn on the right.

With my non-native intuition, I find "a" unnatural.Are they all possible?
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turning? No, I don't use that. I don't think that's used.

I find c) the best, and a) acceptable but not the best.

CJ
CalifJimturning? No, I don't use that. I don't think that's used.

I find c) the best, and a) acceptable but not the best.

CJ

Thank you Jim,

But my "Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English" gives an example as follows :

turning: BrE a road that connects with the one you are on; AmE: Take the first turning on the left.

According to the dictionary "turning" is valid for American English. I got mixed upEmotion: surprise

Are you English or American?
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Hi,

I say and hear 'turning' all the time.

I wonder if it's BrE vs. AmE?

In fact, I almost never hear 'turn' in this context. It sounds odd to me!

Best wishes, Clive
CliveHi,

I say and hear 'turning' all the time.

I wonder if it's BrE vs. AmE?

In fact, I almost never hear 'turn' in this context. It sounds odd to me!

Best wishes, Clive

Hi Clive,

Is "to" ok with the first sentence. Or "on"?? take the first turning ON the right.
turning must be British. Sounds like a made-up word to me! (I'm American.)

CJ
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Hi guys,

Is "to" ok with the first sentence. Or "on"?? take the first turning ON the right. 'To' is OK, but I always say 'on'.

Sounds like a made-up word to me! Aren't they all made-up?Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive
From a UK perspective

We take the first turning on the right....

'Turning' here is not a verb. It is a noun. The name of a junction.

It's like saying 'the road on the right'.
Turning is present in this AmE dictionary:
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turning

2 : the place or point of a change in direction <when we come to the turning I shall run right past it -- Margaret Kennedy> <let only the few wrong turnings be retraced -- Oscar Handlin> <one of the major turnings in the cultural history of the West -- Irving Horne>


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Also, to shows up in this article in The New York Times, thus it should be correct:
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AROUND THE CORNER, AN AGELESS CHINA

From the site of the Yamen, continue down the lane and take the first
turning to the right
. Here a tiny street winds southward through one
of the most beautiful small neighborhoods in the city.


February 6, 1983 - By Richard Bernstein (NYT)
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