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    An American asked me directions this afternoon.
    Blacknomi: Turn right at the police station and keep going for about one or two minutes, you will see it on your right.
    Stranger: Make a right?
    Blacknomi: Y-U-P!
    Stranger: Thanks.
    Why doesn't he say, "Turn right?" Is there any difference?
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    No difference. In the UK, they might tell you to 'hang a right'.

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    Is there anything missing?

    hang a irght (turn)
    make a right (turn)

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    Too much time spent riding motorcycles?

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    How are YOU?

    When I want to make a right, I say "make a left." And the taxi driver then makes a left, then I will get angry and tell him that I said, "MAKE A LEFT!"

    What a dragon lady she is.

    Do you have that problem?

    Is it called "aphasia"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Is there anything missing?

    hang a irght (turn)
    make a right (turn)
    Yes:

    Do a right

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    No difference. In the UK, they might tell you to 'hang a right'.
    They'll say "hang a right" in the US sometimes as well.


    Blacknomi brings up an interesting question...why do we say "make a right" or "hang a right," when it's shorter and easier to simply say "turn right"?

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    Parce que pour s'amuser. For fun!

    In Mandarin, we always say "turn right." Make a right doesn't sound right in Mandarin. It's hard to associate "make a right" with "make coffee." English uses certain verbs to mean general action.

    Lisa makes friends and David makes coffee.
    Lisa makes bed and David makes money.
    Lisa makes a right and david makes it wrong.

    "Lisa makes a baby. How can David make Italian food?" ask a three-year-old Susie.

    Lisa gives birth to a baby.
    David gives birth to Italian food.

    Tdol gives birth to UE, so he makes UE too.

    Your replies give birth to blacknomi's day.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch
    They'll say "hang a right" in the US sometimes as well.


    Blacknomi brings up an interesting question...why do we say "make a right" or "hang a right," when it's shorter and easier to simply say "turn right"?
    Do you use 'chuck/throw a right' in the US as well? We have these in the UK.

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