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    I'd like to know the difference of those expressions.

    1 What is the difference between "turn left" and "turn to the left"?

    2 Why does "make a left" have "a" instead of "the"?

    3 What is the difference between "on the right" and "on your right"?

    Thank you in advance.
    Unepomme

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    Quote Originally Posted by unepomme View Post
    I'd like to know the difference of those expressions.

    1 What is the difference between "turn left" and "turn to the left"?

    Not much difference. 'Turn left' will refer to a left turn at an intersection of some kind ('Turn left at 6th Street.') Here one is being instructed to change the direction of forward movement whereas 'Turn to the left' can mean 'From a standing position turn to face toward the left.'
    'Please turn to the left and raise your arms,' requested the doctor.


    2 Why does "make a left" have "a" instead of "the"?

    Because it is short for 'make a left turn.'
    One would say 'the left' as in, 'Take the next left [turn],' if referring to a specific left turn.


    3 What is the difference between "on the right" and "on your right"?

    They can often be used interchangeably. 'On your right' uses the hearer's body as the point of reference, while 'on the right' uses some other object.

    'In the class photo, who is that standing on your right [side]?'

    'As you drive north, the house will be on the right [side of the road].'

    Thank you in advance.
    Unepomme
    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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