Make/take a left/right, etc.

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Thu Oct 3 13:17:50 UTC 2002

The usual difference in my usage seems to follow the
pattern:  "Take (or hang) a left (right, uie) here",
but "Make a left (right, u-)turn here."

--- sagehen <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM> wrote:
> >I have both, and introspection fails about the
> selectivity device
> >selecting or preferring one or the other. (Good
> thing; otherwise us
> >quantitatively-oriented sociolinguists wouldn't
> have squat to do).
> >
> >dInIs
> ~~~~~~
> I also have both, but feel that selection is a
> matter of register: depends
> on whom I'm talking to.  "Take" feels just slightly
> more hip; "make," more
> formal.  If giving directions to a stranger, might
> also say "make" to a
> woman, "take," to a man.
> A. Murie

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