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    Smile Is there a phrase "turn aside from?"

    Is there a phrase "turn aside from?" If yes, does the following sound rihgt? Thanks.
    I turn aside from the street to let someone pass because he is in a hurry.

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    Re: Is there a phrase "turn aside from?"

    It is not, I think, meant literally (usually). You might, for example, say a person turned aside from his duties or obligations.

    ~R

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    Smile Re: Is there a phrase "turn aside from?"

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    It is not, I think, meant literally (usually). You might, for example, say a person turned aside from his duties or obligations.

    ~R
    Thanks, Ron.
    I think you're right.
    By the way, does it mean "ignore or neglect his duties or obligations?"


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    Re: Is there a phrase "turn aside from?"

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Is there a phrase "turn aside from?" If yes, does the following sound rihgt? Thanks.
    I turn aside from the street to let someone pass because he is in a hurry.
    "to turn aside" by itself means to fend off an attack. It is not common but still said.

    He turned aside the opponent's attack with his sword and stood back to prepare for the next onslaught.

    It is interesting when you Google the expression "turn aside from". Over 1/3 of the references are biblical. So it seems that this is a rather old English expression that you don't hear much anymore.

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    Smile Re: Is there a phrase "turn aside from?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    "to turn aside" by itself means to fend off an attack. It is not common but still said.

    He turned aside the opponent's attack with his sword and stood back to prepare for the next onslaught.

    It is interesting when you Google the expression "turn aside from". Over 1/3 of the references are biblical. So it seems that this is a rather old English expression that you don't hear much anymore.
    Thanks, Naamplao.
    But would you give me a few samples of "turn aside from" in reference to the Bible?


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    Re: Is there a phrase "turn aside from?"

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Naamplao.
    But would you give me a few samples of "turn aside from" in reference to the Bible?
    Enter "turn aside from" into Google and find them yourself....there are many of them


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    Re: Is there a phrase "turn aside from?"

    "Turn aside from" makes no sense to my Anglo Canadian ears.
    Better:
    "turn away from"

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    Re: Is there a phrase "turn aside from?"

    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    "Turn aside from" makes no sense to my Anglo Canadian ears.
    Better:
    "turn away from"

    edward has spoken
    Well it is not said much anymore but it was standard stuff in the Bible and older English.

    From 2 Samuel 2

    2:20 Then Abner turned and asked, “Is that you, Asahel?” He replied, “Yes it is!” 2:21 Abner said to him, “Turn aside to your right or to your left. Capture one of the soldiers and take his equipment for yourself!” But Asahel was not willing to turn aside from following him. 2:22 So Abner spoke again to Asahel, “Turn aside from following me! I do not want to strike you to the ground. How then could I show my face in the presence of Joab your brother?” 2:23 But Asahel refused to turn aside. So Abner struck him in the abdomen with the back end of his spear. The spear came out his back; Asahel collapsed on the spot and died there right before Abner. Everyone who now comes to the place where Asahel fell dead pauses in respect.
    2:24 So Joab and Abishai chased Abner. At sunset they came to the hill of Ammah near Giah on the way to the wilderness of Gibeon. 2:25 The Benjaminites formed their ranks behind Abner and were like a single army, standing at the top of a certain hill.
    2:26 Then Abner called out to Joab, “Must the sword devour forever? Don’t you realize that this will turn bitter in the end? When will you tell the people to turn aside from pursuing their brothers?” 2:27 Joab replied, “As surely as God lives, if you had not said this, it would have been morning before the people would have abandoned pursuit of their brothers!” 2:28 Then Joab blew the ram’s horn and all the people stopped in their tracks. They stopped chasing Israel and ceased fighting. 2:29 Abner and his men went through the Arabah all that night. They crossed the Jordan River and went through the whole region of Bitron and came to Mahanaim.
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    Re: Is there a phrase "turn aside from?"

    Thanks, Naamplao. It's fascinating what even an old Anglo can learn from the things we do on usingenglish.com.
    I bet you're turning aside from the December cold out there in Alberta!
    edward


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    Re: Is there a phrase "turn aside from?"

    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    Thanks, Naamplao. It's fascinating what even an old Anglo can learn from the things we do on usingenglish.com.
    I bet you're turning aside from the December cold out there in Alberta!
    edward
    Hahaha....the temperature is -19c this morning rising to -7c. It will be much better by Sunday so they say....a chinook is coming in and the temperature will rise to a balmy -7c in the morning to -2c in the afternoon. That will be shirtsleeve weather for us here...but it won't last.

    We love our chinook winds here.

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