Turn to : English Phrasal Verb : Online English Lessons

February 24, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

To turn to something is to start to do or take something (for example, drink, drugs or crime) because your life is not going well.

Examples of use:
1. Kenneth turned to a life of crime when he lost his job.

2. She turned to drink when her husband left her.

To turn to somebody is to ask for help, advice or support.

Examples of use:
1. I didn’t know who to turn to when I lost my passport while on holiday in Brazil.

2. My brothers and sisters and I can always turn to our father for help when we need it.

To turn to something is to begin to think or speak about it, or work on it.

Examples of use:
1. On Remembrance Day, our thoughts turn to those who died in the war.

2. Let’s turn to and get the housework finished as quickly as we can.

3. Our conversation soon turned to the Robinsons and their lottery prize.

infinitive – turn to

present simple – turn to and turns to

-ing form – turning to

past simple – turned to

past participle – turned to