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    Giving direction

    If we are giving direction:

    1. Go straight one block and then turn right.
    2. Go straight for one block and then turn right.

    3. Go straight the next block and then turn right. (means for one block)

    Which of the above sentences are more commonly used by native speakers?

    Thanks for your help.



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    #2

    Re: Giving direction

    Go one block and turn right. (When you say "go one block", by your hand you can show him that you mean go straight)

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    Re: Giving direction

    Does American English use "Go one block and turn right" wheras Britich English use "Go for one block and turn right"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Giving direction

    BrE doesn't really use the term "block" when talking about the area of buildings between each side street. It is starting to enter the language but it's not very common yet.

    For "Go one block and then turn left", we would say "Take the first on the left". Bear in mind that we drive on the left in the UK so going "one block straight ahead" would only tell you the direction to the first left turn. If we wanted someone to turn right, we would specify which right turn to take from where we are now, so something like "Go straight on then take the fourth on the right".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Giving direction

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Does American English use "Go one block and turn right" wheras Britich English use "Go for one block and turn right"?

    Thanks.
    We (USA) very commonly say "Go one block and turn right."

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    Re: Giving direction

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    We (USA) very commonly say "Go one block and turn right."

    Does "Go one block and turn right." mean "go straight and turn right." ? Perhaps first one is more natural than second one, isn't it?

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    Re: Giving direction

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Does "Go one block and turn right." mean "go straight and turn right." ? Perhaps first one is more natural than second one, isn't it?
    Yes. When you are giving directions and you just say go, it means in the direction the car is pointed.

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    Re: Giving direction

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes. When you are giving directions and you just say go, it means in the direction the car is pointed.
    If we walk on foot, do we use "walk one block and turn right" or "go one block and turn right" (Am English) or "Take the first on the left" (Bre English)?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Giving direction

    If we walk on foot (/go on foot), we still use or "Take the first on the left" (BrE/ British English).

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    Re: Giving direction

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    If we walk on foot, do we use "walk one block and turn right" or "go one block and turn right" (Am English) or "Take the first on the left" (Bre English)?

    Thanks.
    Yes we do in AmE.

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