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Suppose you are giving directions. Are the following all okay? If so, what's the difference?

a. Take a turn to the right.

b. Take a turn on the right.

c. Make a turn to the right.

d. Make a turn on the right.

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I believe "make" and "take" are identical here, so I'll just talk about a. and b.

Sentence a. is natural and just means "Turn right."

Sentence b. is less natural. It's not natural because it feels like parts of two different ideas were put together and a lot of words are missing. It probably means, "Turn right when you come to the place where you can turn right."

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  • In the Longman Dictionary, I found, "Take the second turn on the left."
    – Apollyon
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 9:29
  • @Apollyon Yes, with "the" it's much more natural because it indicates a specified location, rather than an unspecified location, "a turn".
    – gotube
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 18:05
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Turn to the right or simply turn right, meaning 'turn yourself to face what was your right side'. You could say make a turn to the right.

Take the next turning on the right, meaning 'go along the next path/street you come to on the right-hand side'

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  • In British English, is "Take a turning on the right" correct?
    – Apollyon
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 9:24
  • Well, you wouldn't say that because it's too vague! You might say 'the turning' if there was only one. Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 11:36
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    The use of "turning" in that sentence would most certainly grab the attention of an American English speaker. "Take the next turn to the right" or simply, "Take the next right" would be much more common. The use of "turning" would instantly flag you as a non-native speaker.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 17:28
  • @FreeMan - Not in Britain! Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 17:56
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    Hence my notation of American English speaker. ;)
    – FreeMan
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 18:10

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