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    turn on/to the left/right

    When you give indications to someone could the following options be acceptable?

    Turn on the right/to the right/right(without any preposition).

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    Re: turn on/to the left/right

    Plain old "Turn right" if you want the person to actually turn.

    You might hear "You'll see a turn on the right" to mean a place you could turn.
    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 on/to the left/right

    Would it be correct to say turn to the right ? Also what's the difference between turn on the right and turn right?

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    Re: turn on/to the left/right

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    Would it be correct to say turn to the right ? Also what's the difference between turn on the right and turn right?
    You have been told how to use "turn on the right".

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    Re: turn on/to the left/right

    + According to Oxford dictionary, Turn: [V] [usually +adv./prep.] (of a road or river) to curve in a particular direction: Ex: The road turns to the left after the church.
    + When you tell some one to change the direction in which he or she is moving or travelling you can say
    turn right / turn on the right

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    Re: turn on/to the left/right

    When you tell some one to change the direction in which he or she is moving or travelling you can say
    turn right / turn on the right
    No, you can't say "turn on the right" in this situation.

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    Re: turn on/to the left/right

    I'd use no preposition; turn to the right isn't wrong but most wouldn't use it.

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    Re: turn on/to the left/right

    I would only use "turn to the right" if I wasn't talking about driving. If someone was standing in front of me and I wanted them to rotate 90 degrees (or so) then I might say "Now turn to the right". In a car, you might tell someone to "turn the [steering] wheel to the right" which would have the obvious result of making the car change direction but you wouldn't only do that to get them to actually turn a corner. They could turn the wheel to the right simply to swerve to avoid something in the road.

    If giving driving directions, I would simply say "Turn right".

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