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    the usage of 'turn'

    Hello, Teachers.

    I saw the following sentence in a dictionary:
    He's a clergyman turned politician.

    I have several questions about this sentence.

    (1) Does the noun clergyman work as a modifier of the word turn and the sentence mean 'he is a politician turned from clergyman'?

    (2) Can I write any sentences imitating this one, for example, he is a soldier turned writer?

    (3) Can the word turn work as a linking verb followed by a noun, like the word become? For example, is this sentence, he turned a doctor, grammatical?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia *^_^*

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    Re: the usage of 'turn'

    He's a clergyman-turned politician.
    I think the hyphenated word turns it into an adjective.
    Last edited by tedtmc; 02-Jun-2008 at 14:42.

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    Re: the usage of 'turn'

    Ex: He's a clergyman that has turned into a politician.
    Ex: He is a soldier turned writer. / He is a soldier that has turned into a writer.
    Ex: He turned a doctor.
    Ex: He turned 25 last week. <happy birthday>


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    Re: the usage of 'turn'

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Ex: He's a clergyman that has turned into a politician.
    Ex: He is a soldier turned writer. / He is [was?] a soldier that has turned into a writer.
    Ex: He turned a doctor.
    Ex: He turned 25 last week. <happy birthday>
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    Re: the usage of 'turn'

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Ex: He's a clergyman that has turned into a politician.
    Ex: He is a soldier turned writer. / He is a soldier that has turned into a writer.
    Ex: He turned a doctor.
    Ex: He turned 25 last week. <happy birthday>
    I think the phrase becomes clearer if you add 'former':
    He is a former clergyman that has turned into a politician.
    He is a former soldier turned writer.

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    Re: the usage of 'turn'

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I think the phrase becomes clearer if you add 'former':
    He is a former clergyman that has turned into a politician.
    He is a former soldier turned writer.
    Actually, the whole point of the phrase is to express that the person is two things at once.

    He is a soldier turned writer
    Ex: He is a soldier and he has become a writer.
    Ex: He is a soldier who thinks he is a writer (he is not a good writer).

    The two express different meanings.

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