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    twist and turn

    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:
    I just twisted/turned my ankle.
    My question is:
    Are the two verbs of the same meaning? In other words Is the result of actions of 'twist' and 'turn' the same?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: twist and turn

    The phrase twisted an ankle is common in North American English. I understand the meaning of the phrase turned an ankle, but it doesn't belong to my dialect.

    Does that help?


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    Re: twist and turn

    "turn your ankle" is also used in the UK, and really has the same meaning as to twist the ankle.

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    Re: twist and turn

    Dear Cas,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    The phrase twisted an ankle is common in North American English. I understand the meaning of the phrase turned an ankle, but it doesn't belong to my dialect.

    Does that help?

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    Re: twist and turn

    Dear Anglika,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "turn your ankle" is also used in the UK, and really has the same meaning as to twist the ankle.

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