# Thread: The left vs left

1. ## The left vs left

Dear Teachers.
I'm absolutely confused by these two words.

First right,second left.
What does it mean?
At first I should turn right and then turn left.
Or
At first turn right and then take the second turning on the left.

Take the second on the right= take the second right?
Can I say ' the second right'?

2. ## Re: The left vs left

From where you are now, proceed ahead until you reach the first turning on the right. Turn there. Then proceed ahead until you reach the second turning on the left. Turn there.

You said you were confused by "these two words" and then you posted four words. Which two were you confused by?

You can say "Take the first right" and "Take the second left".

3. ## Re: The left vs left

I had a great headache from these 'left' , 'the left'.
Thanks a lot.
I'll try to go.)

4. ## Re: The left vs left

Originally Posted by towcats1
I'll try to go.)
My thoughts go with you.

5. ## Re: The left vs left

Originally Posted by towcats1
Dear Teachers.
I'm absolutely confused by these two words.

First right,second left.
What does it mean?
At first I should turn right and then turn left.
Or
At first turn right and then take the second turning on the left.

Take the second on the right= take the second right?
Can I say ' the second right'?
If I understand you dilemma, in AmE you would typically hear/read, "Take your first opportunity (from where you are) to turn right, then (after that turn) take the second opportunity to turn left.) But if you are still confused with any of the responses, suggest you purchase a GPS.

6. ## Re: The left vs left

Originally Posted by billmcd
If I understand you dilemma, in AmE you would typically hear/read, "Take your first opportunity (from where you are) to turn right, then (after that turn) take the second opportunity to turn left.) But if you are still confused with any of the responses, suggest you purchase a GPS.
My GPS seems to spend an awful lot of time saying "Turn around where possible"!

As a side note, most people in the UK, call it their "sat nav" (short for Satellite Navigation [System]), rather than GPS. I use both terms.

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