My mom was driving,when she was going to take the next left,she used her indicator to indicate that. But when she was turning,a car speeded past was while she was turning.(in the direction we were turning.) So she said:

Hey! I used the indicator to indicate I was turning left.

I gave an indicator to indicate that I was turning left.

What will be a natural way to express this idea? I don't know how this sentence can be spoken naturally in this context....

P.S. She's talking to the driver.

  • Who is she talking to? You? The other driver? The police to report a dangerous driver.
    – James K
    Commented Mar 30, 2019 at 7:51
  • To the driver. (Because she's angry) @James K. Commented Mar 30, 2019 at 8:18

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I would say

My left turn signal was on!

If you wish to use the word "indicator" I suggest not repeating that in the sentence. Exempli gratia:

Hey! I used the indicator to show I was turning left.

In my country we're not going to say "indicator."

  • In Britain, people commonly say "I indicated left (or right)". Commented Mar 30, 2019 at 9:40

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