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    E-books catching on with readers - CNN.com

    (CNN) -- Paul Jessup is an avid reader who is increasingly turning to e-books to feed his love of the written form. It's not just ease of use that draws Jessup to books in a digital form, it's the potential e-books represent.

    Is the phrasal verb "turn to," which means "to begin to deal with (something different) as a topic," used in this sentence?
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    Default Re: an avid reader who is increasingly turning to e-books

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    E-books catching on with readers - CNN.com

    (CNN) -- Paul Jessup is an avid reader who is increasingly turning to e-books to feed his love of the written form. It's not just ease of use that draws Jessup to books in a digital form, it's the potential e-books represent.

    Is the phrasal verb "turn to," which means "to begin to deal with (something different) as a topic," used in this sentence?
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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    Dear Daruma:

    I would say it means, 'beginning to make use of' or, 'beginning to avail oneself of':

    'Although I love writing and receiving letters, I find myself turning to email more and more often these days.'

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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    Default Re: an avid reader who is increasingly turning to e-books

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    E-books catching on with readers - CNN.com

    (CNN) -- Paul Jessup is an avid reader who is increasingly turning to e-books to feed his love of the written form. It's not just ease of use that draws Jessup to books in a digital form, it's the potential e-books represent.

    Is the phrasal verb "turn to," which means "to begin to deal with (something different) as a topic," used in this sentence?
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

    Thank you.
    I agree with pyoung here. "Turning to" in this case is closer to "resorting to" - without the implication of "last resort."

    > To save money, people are turning to co-op food banks.
    > Lately I've been turning to meditation to fall asleep.



    To use "turned to" in the sense that you described just means to put down one activity and pick up another --"turning to" in the sense of "taking turns" -- picking up first one thing, then the next, and then something after that -- each activity in its own turn.

    > She put on her glasses and turned to her homework.
    > In preparing for the party, she turned to the baking first, because there would be so much to do at the last minute.
    > As soon as she was bored with television, she turned to her knitting to occupy her time.

    It was in this sense of "everything in its turn" that a passage from the Bible was made into a pop hit song called "Turn Turn Turn"

    Here is the passage
    1. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:
    2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
    3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
    4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
    5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
    6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
    7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
    8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

    ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

    Here are the song lyrics:

    Turn Turn Turn
    ~ The Byrds (1965)

    To everything - turn, turn, turn
    There is a season - turn, turn, turn
    And a time for every purpose under heaven

    A time to be born, a time to die
    A time to plant, a time to reap
    A time to kill, a time to heal
    A time to laugh, a time to weep

    To everything - turn, turn, turn
    There is a season - turn, turn, turn
    And a time for every purpose under heaven

    A time to build up, a time to break down
    A time to dance, a time to mourn
    A time to cast away stones
    A time to gather stones together

    To everything - turn, turn, turn
    There is a season - turn, turn, turn
    And a time for every purpose under heaven

    A time of war, a time of peace
    A time of love, a time of hate
    A time you may embrace
    A time to refrain from embracing

    To everything - turn, turn, turn
    There is a season - turn, turn, turn
    And a time for every purpose under heaven

    A time to gain, a time to lose
    A time to rend, a time to sew
    A time to love, a time to hate
    A time of peace, I swear it's not too late!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWg3b...eature=related
    Last edited by Ann1977; 18-Sep-2009 at 08:27.

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    Default Re: an avid reader who is increasingly turning to e-books

    I agree with Paula and Ann, but I think the writer may have had Daruma's meaning in mind as well, either as an intentional double meaning or as an accidental juxtaposition of ideas. Ann's
    'To use "turned to" in the sense that you described just means to put down one activity and pick up another ...'
    describes just what the user of e-books has done with paper books.

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