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    Question Opposite of "go a page back"

    Hi,
    Could you please tell me what the oppsite of "go a page back" is? "go a page forward"?!




    (can we say "move a page back"?



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    Re: Opposite of "go a page back"

    We usually say 'turn back a page' and 'turn to the next page' or 'turn over'.

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    Re: Opposite of "go a page back"

    This is interesting - the 'default direction' for page-turning is forwards. We say 'turn back a page' when we mean back, but just 'turn a/the page' when we mean forwards. This is especially true when 'turn a page' is used metaphorically: 'He used to be a homeless drug-addict, but now he's turned the page'; 'This is going nowhere. We both need to turn a page and move on' - that sort of page turning is always progress (not regression).

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    Re: Opposite of "go a page back"

    I guess "forward" could be used to contrast "back" in certain situations?

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    Re: Opposite of "go a page back"

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I guess "forward" could be used to contrast "back" in certain situations?
    Yes. As an adjective ('forward motion') there's (usually) no S, and in America I believe both adj. and adv. are 'forward'. There are other meanings of the adjective (e.g. 'forward person', 'forward cabin' [on a ship, meaning 'nearer the prow']...) that have no S.

    I've thought more about the metaphorical 'turning a page' - it always means turn forwards because the metaphorical 'book' is blank; earlier pages are written on, so there's no pint in turning back when you want to write something new

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