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    turn out the light or turn on the light?

    i am an english teacher who has discovered a text book which states "turn out the light" any comments? i am sure the phrase is "turn off" :)

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    Re: turn out the light or turn on the light?

    Quote Originally Posted by davecoote View Post
    I am an English teacher who has discovered a text book which states "turn out the light". Any comments? I am sure the phrase is "turn off". :)
    In BrE, we use both but I think "turn out" is even more common in AmE.

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    Re: turn out the light or turn on the light?

    Quote Originally Posted by davecoote View Post
    i am an english teacher who has discovered a text book which states "turn out the light" any comments? i am sure the phrase is "turn off" :)
    Are you sure that you are a native speaker? This seems an odd question if you are. I am sure that most of us would tend to use one of these, whichever we choose, in preference to the other, but we know of the existence of the other.

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    Re: turn out the light or turn on the light?

    Turn out may be less used nowadays, but it's fine. I would teach turn off before it, though.

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    Re: turn out the light or turn on the light?

    I use 'turn off', but I imagine in the days when houses were lit by Gas lighting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    both 'down' and 'out' were common.

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    Re: turn out the light or turn on the light?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I use 'turn off', but I imagine in the days when houses were lit by Gas lighting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    both 'down' and 'out' were common.

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    Indeed they were, Bob. There was gas lighting in my house until I was nine years old.

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    Re: turn out the light or turn on the light?

    I've never lived in such a house, but a gaslight set fire to my hair on a staircase at the Watford Palace Theatre in a slow-moving queue for the bar!

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    Re: turn out the light or turn on the light?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Indeed they were, Bob. There was gas lighting in my house until I was nine years old.
    Lincoln's Inn still has some gas street lamps.

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    Re: turn out the light or turn on the light?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Lincoln's Inn still has some gas street lamps.
    We lived in Teddington in Middlesex, in a row of four early Victorian houses down a lane off the main road. The electricty board refused to install electricity until all four property owners agreed. There was one old lady who refused and it wasn't until she died in 1959, at the age of 99, that we were able to get it done.

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    Re: turn out the light or turn on the light?

    I stayed in a flat in Lincoln's Inn and it had a Dickensian romance about it when walking through at night.

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