Natural English conversation – Use TURN instead of BECOME

🍂This season leaves will become yellow, orange and red. The leaves change color. They will turn red, yellow, and orange.


In English conversation, we often use the word turn instead of become. Here are a few common examples:
“Brian will turn 35 next month.” (become 35 years old)
turn means become


“My red sock got washed with my white shirts by accident! My white clothes have all turned pink!!!” (My white clothes have all become pink!)
In the examples above, the subjects changed something, color or age, but they didn’t change what they were. Brian is still Brian, he is just one year older. My clothes are still clothes, but they are pink now.
If one thing becomes something else, we can say turn to or turn into. Please look at the following examples:

“If you leave water in the freezer it will turn to ice.” (Water will become ice.)

“My niece Grace has turned into a beautiful young lady.” (My sister’s daughter has changed from a girl to a lady. This is a common way to express that a young person has grown up. They have become an adult.)


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