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    Default Turn light vs turning light

    What's the correct one? I googled a bit but it seems they are both used widely. They are both correct?!

    I'm talking about vehicles directional indicators, "frecce" - literally "arrows" - we say in Italy.

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    Last edited by Akira; 22-Feb-2010 at 05:45. Reason: It sounds like "corrects" is wrong, although my first instinct was to use the plural form as in Italian.

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    Default Re: Turn light vs turning light

    In the UK they are "indicators".

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    Default Re: Turn light vs turning light

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    I believe that the light in question is used both while turning and before turning.

    "To turn light" - Correct and shortened to become "turn light" as the light is used when you are going to turn.
    "Turning light" - Correct as the light is used while turning.

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    Default Re: Turn light vs turning light

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    In the UK they are "indicators".
    In the USA too. Also "blinkers".



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    Default Re: Turn light vs turning light

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    In the USA too. Also "blinkers".
    What's "turning light" then?

    If I say: "Sorry, I left the turning light on." It makes sense to a native speaker or it's gibberish?

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    Default Re: Turn light vs turning light

    Quote Originally Posted by Akira View Post
    What's "turning light" then?

    If I say: "Sorry, I left the turning light on." It makes sense to a native speaker or it's gibberish?

    Thanks,
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    Akira, native speakers in the US would definitely not say: "Sorry, I left the turning light on." It would sound awkward if we heard you say it to us!

    We would say: "Sorry, I left my blinker on by mistake." Or, "Sorry, I left my turn signal on by mistake."

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    Default Re: Turn light vs turning light

    Quote Originally Posted by Akira View Post
    What's "turning light" then? 'Turning light' to us means the arrival of dawn!

    If I say: "Sorry, I left the turning light on." It makes sense to a native speaker or it's gibberish?

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