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    How should I say when a car suddenly turned my way? How should I say?

    Hello everybody,


    It would be really helpful if someone guide me.

    When I was riding a two-wheeler, I was about to turn left side. So I signalled by making horn. But unfortunately, I found there was a car coming my direction without any horn. How should I say that it was your mistake for not making any signal.

    Thanks

    Bhanu


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    From your account, you seem as much at fault - you made no adequate visible signal of your intention. A horn is not a replacement for an indicator or a hand signal and in this country it is you who would be the one who did wrong. I think the car driver could well argue that it is your fault.

    However, you could try saying "Why didn't you indicate what you were going to do?"


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    Re: How should I say when a car suddenly turned my way? How should I say?

    Hi Anglika,

    Thanks very much for your reply. It was not a serious issue actually. It was a small lane and it occured in the morning. But I just want to know what to say

    1. Why don't you horn?
    2. Why don't you make a signal by horning?

    Or is there any way to question him?

    Just to know how to say that in English?

    Could you please reply me how to use the word "Horn" in English as well.


    Thanks very much
    Bhanu

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    Re: How should I say when a car suddenly turned my way? How should I say?

    When I was riding a two-wheeler, I was about to turn left side. So I signalled by making horn


    Can we say MAKE HORN?

    I think we blow a horn instead of making it?

    " Why didn't you blow the horn?"


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    Re: How should I say when a car suddenly turned my way? How should I say?

    Hi,

    I am not a teacher but I would probably say something like , 'sound your car horn'?

    I am not sure at all so hopefully I can find out the answer as well.


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    Re: How should I say when a car suddenly turned my way? How should I say?

    Hi,

    Then, can I say "Why didn't you blow up the horn"? when such a situation occurs?

    Reply please

    Thanks
    Bhanu


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    Re: How should I say when a car suddenly turned my way? How should I say?

    In this country it is not legal to use the horn for any reason but to alert someone to something. So using it to signal an intention is not permissible.

    You sound your horn.

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    Re: How should I say when a car suddenly turned my way? How should I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    In this country it is not legal to use the horn for any reason but to alert someone to something. So using it to signal an intention is not permissible.

    You sound your horn.
    The act of sounding a horn is called honking. So can we say "why did not honk before making the turn"...?

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    Re: How should I say when a car suddenly turned my way? How should I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    The act of sounding a horn is called honking. So can we say "why did not honk before making the turn"...?
    'Honk' is a verb - so it's an improvement on 'Why didn't you horn?' But it's too informal for this case. As Anglika said, you sound a horn [you only 'blow' a horn if it's one of the old ones that need a blast of air - or if you are holding it to your mouth]; and sounding a horn doesn't (in my world) signal the intention to turn left.

    (Of course, it may do in some parts of the world; but in that case, you still have to consider whether the driver even heard. I've been cycling for more than 50 years, and I've found that - whether a motorist's signals are right or wrong - you're the one whose bones get broken! So don't give them the slightest excuse.)

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    Last edited by BobK; 15-Sep-2009 at 11:20. Reason: Fix typo

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    Re: How should I say when a car suddenly turned my way? How should I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'Honk' is a verb - so it's an improvement on 'Why didn't you horn?' But it's too informal for this case. As Anglika said, you sound a horn [you only 'blow' a horn if it's one of the old ones that need a blast of air - or if you are holding it to your mouth]; and sounding a horn doesn't (in my world) signal the intention to turn left.

    (Of course, it may do in some parts of the world; but in that case, you still have to consider whether the driver even heard. I've been cycling for more than 50 years, and I've found that - whether a motorist's signals are right or wrong - you're the one whose bones get broken! So don't give them the slightest excuse.)

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    Thanks for explaining the case in which we blow a horn!

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