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    #1

    take/make a second left

    Are both verbs (take and make) possible when giving directions?

    1) Go staight on Green Street, then take a second left.
    2) Go staight on Green Street, then make a second left.

    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: take/make a second left

    1) '... then take the second left.' (BE)

    2) AE speakers say 'make a left', but I don't know whether they'd say 'make a second left'. They'll tell us later when they get up.

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    Re: take/make a second left

    We would say "make the second left". Unfortunately, I am still up.

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    Re: take/make a second left

    You will notice that in both AmE and BrE, we changed your indefinite article to the definite article. That is because the second turning on the left is a specific turning. We would say "Go about 100 yards and then take/make a left" - even though there might only be one possible left turn, we would still refer to it as "a left [turn]".

    However, when we add something like "first/second/third", we use "the". "Go straight along Green Street then take the second left" or "Go straight along Green Street, then take the second [turning] on the left".

    Note the correct spelling of "straight".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: take/make a second left

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    We would say "make the second left".
    Make a left is heard in the UK, but I haven't heard this.


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    Re: take/make a second left

    We also say "make a left" as in "make a left at the corner" but not "a second left".

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    #7

    Re: take/make a second left

    We just use the make a left version; if we start adding numbers, take works better.

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