Mini Lesson: One Phrasal verb, two meanings: “turn down”

Mini Lesson: One Phrasal verb, two meanings: “turn down”

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Turn down: to say no/decline an offer, or to lower a setting on something.

Today’s lesson is about the phrasal verb, «turn down». This phrasal verb has two meanings: to reject someone or something or to lower the setting on something.

To turn down =
1. To reject a person, a thing, or an offer
2. To reduce or lower the setting on something, like the volume on the radio or the temperature on the thermostat (air conditioner)

Read the following dialogue aloud and answer the quiz questions below.

Laura: So Jake, did you accept that job offer with the software company?
Jake: No, I turned it down because I didn’t want to move to Silicon Valley.
Laura: I understand. That must have been a difficult decision.
Jake: It was, but I’m OK with it. Hey, the music is really loud. Do you mind if I turn it down?
Laura: In a minute; this is my favorite song.
Jake: OK.


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