to turn out well/badly

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to turn out well/badly

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 0 comments

This sentence contains the phrasal verb "to turn out". Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: North American

This sentence contains the phrasal verb "to turn out". Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: North American

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The I made my parents-in-law, it very .

The time I made a for my parents-in-law, it out very .

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to turn out

We use this phrasal verb to describe something that happens which is surprising or different to what we were expecting.

For example, if I say that something turned out well, I was probably expecting it to be bad, but it was actually OK. If something turned out very badly, I was probably confident or optimistic about something, but in the end it was a disaster.

We can also use this verb with an infinitive if we want to add more detail.

For example: "I met a man on the bus this morning who turned out to be my cousin's new boyfriend". In this example, the result (the man is connected to you in some way) is unexpected and surprising.


Notice how the /t/ at the end of 'first' and the /t/ at the beginning of 'time' are pronounced as one sound. This is called 'gemination' or 'twinning', and it can make it difficult to identify the beginning and end of words in rapid spoken English.

The same thing would happen in the sentences: "You're right to ask", and "It took two hours to get to the office this morning".

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  • My mother-in-law is gluten intolerant. When she came to visit last year, I decided to make her a special cake without any flour. It had about 10 eggs in it, and lots of fresh orange juice. The recipe sounded lovely, but the cake turned out very badly - kind of like an orange omelette. My mother-in-law was very polite about it but I was mortifiedextremely embarrassed.

    Have you ever done anything which turned out very well/very badly?

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