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Is this sentence correct English?

You turn yourself listless.

Would you know what it means? Is this how you normally phrase this expression? Is the tense of the verb right? Is that a commonly understood adjective?

I’d basically like to know whether “to turn oneself ᴀᴅᴊᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ would mean anything to a native speaker of English, especially with regard to listlessness.

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  • Well, I'm just asking if saying : " i'm turning myself listless (adj) sometimes" might be grammatically correct somehow, or is this phrase totally wrong? – HEIDI ANTHEA COCHET Jun 1 at 18:02
  • Sure! I've already looked up into dictionaries, but they don't seem to mention "turn onself+Adject" directly. They always seem to add a particle in between like "turn into/in/ to..." But i'd like to check if "turn onself + Adjectif" (right behind) correct. I'd like to mean "Turn" as "become listless/guilty/happy/sad..." for example. Thanks – HEIDI ANTHEA COCHET Jun 1 at 18:33
  • all right then! i'm gonna use " make yourself+ adjectif" instead, as i'm sure it's working (grammatically speaking) Thanks – HEIDI ANTHEA COCHET Jun 1 at 18:56
  • Aaah! ok , thanks for the link, i'm going to check into it then, :) – HEIDI ANTHEA COCHET Jun 1 at 19:00
  • Possible duplicate of Using an adjective after "turn" – tchrist Jun 1 at 19:25
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He turned himself around. [His personal situation improved. Phrasal verb: turn around]

He turned pink or red. [He looked embarrassed] [Turned=become + adjective]

He turned the prince into a frog. [He was a magician]

The prince turned himself into a frog. [same as above, grammar-wise]

turn + oneself + adjective is not a grammatical construct in English except in some limited circumstances:

He turned himself blue when the chemical blew up in his face.

So, no, it does not make sense to say in English: turn oneself listless.

What makes sense is to become listless.

  • He made himself sick thinking about it and became listless.
  • +1 Thank you for helping out this kid. She was hopelessly lost on EL&U. I'm the guy responsible for closing/migrating it (according to my logs). Nevertheless, even here at ELL it seems that the Q will get closed as dupe. – Cascabel Jun 1 at 21:24
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    @Cascabel Yes,I could see that. Also, she might not know that all caps in a user name is really not so great. I wonder if the Q is a true dupe. :) Sometimes you just have to ring that bell. – Lambie Jun 1 at 22:36

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