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    #1

    'Turn around' ?

    Hi,

    Can you say:

    "He used to cause a lot of trouble, but not that he has gotten older he turned around"


    with 'turn around' i mean got a better person, became more positive

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: 'Turn around' ?

    In BE I'd say

    'He used to cause a lot of trouble, but since he got older he has turned his life around'.

    Rover

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    Re: 'Turn around' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In BE I'd say

    'He used to cause a lot of trouble, but since he got older he has turned his life around'.

    Rover

    Thanks :) how come i can't find the idiom "turn life around" in the dictionary?

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    #4

    Re: 'Turn around' ?

    Because it's not an idiom.

    Turn your life around means to change the direction your life is going. There's nothing that makes it a complete idiom that would be listed in a dictionary of idioms.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: 'Turn around' ?

    It's not an idiom in its own right but it's a recognised phrase using the phrasal verb "turn around".

    If you click here, and go to "turn around" and then definition 2b you will find an example of "turn your life around".

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