Are we allowed to use any adjective after the word "turn"?

For example:

  • turn hot
  • turn cold
  • turn red
  • turn white
  • turn salty
  • As a point of grammar, possibly. Semantically, it depends on what is doing the turning. Weather can turn hot or cold, but it cannot turn left.
    – Mick
    Nov 25, 2016 at 18:27
  • Although left is not an adjective in turn left.
    – user230
    Nov 25, 2016 at 18:47
  • @snailplane That's true. Well spotted.
    – Mick
    Nov 25, 2016 at 18:49
  • There's usually a pretty clear-cut distinction between usages like It's turned cold (it has become cold), and He turned left (he altered course in that direction). For non-intuitive reasons, It's turned hot is much less likely than It's turned cold. Nov 25, 2016 at 18:57
  • As a leaner, I would like to say that you may want to have a look on the linking-verb discussions, which are abundant on the internet.
    – Cardinal
    Nov 25, 2016 at 19:14

1 Answer 1


In principle you can use any adjective. In practice some expressions are unlikely to be used.

It would be very strange to use this with some absolute adjectives

? It turned unique

or adjectives that describe a state that can't be reversed

? It turned broken

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