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    Turn over to Liverpool's match.
    Turn over to the film.
    Turn over to Fox News.

    Are they correct?

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    Default Re: turn over

    In the US, you "change the channel" or "switch."

    Can you switch it to the football game, please?
    Could you change the channel to ESPN, please?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    They're fine in BE.

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    Default Re: turn over

    If somebody asked me to "turn over to Fox news" I would leave the room.

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    'Fox news'

    That's even more of a contradiction in terms than 'military intelligence' or 'honest politician'.

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    I know this is way off topic, but one of my favorite Fox News quotes is "Someday, I'd love to hear Obama say "Kids, don't eat yellow snow" just for the joy of seeing Fox News line up a panel of experts to extol the virtues of yellow snow."
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    Quote Originally Posted by shb27 View Post
    Turn over to Liverpool's match.
    Turn over to the film.
    Turn over to Fox News.

    Are they correct?
    In the UK, I think we'd just say "put".
    Put the Liverpool match on.
    etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masood_S View Post
    In the UK, I think we'd just say "put".
    Put the Liverpool match on.
    etc
    That would be appropriate if the TV was not currently switched on, but if you are specifically asking someone to change the channel on the TV from the current one to the one showing the Liverpool match, then I would go for "Turn over to ...".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Fox news'

    That's even more of a contradiction in terms than 'military intelligence' or 'honest politician'.
    I once got chased down the road by a street newspaper seller outside a local shopping centre for accusing him of flogging a contradiction in terms. He was selling "The Socialist Worker".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: turn over

    not a teacher

    I agree with Masood in that if I entered a room where the TV was already on, I would be at least as likely say "Could we put the news on, please?', as "Could we turn/change over to the news, please?".

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