English version

turn back

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishturn back phrasal verb1 RETURNto go back in the direction you came from, or to make someone or something do this It’s getting late – maybe we should turn back.turn somebody/something ↔ back The UN convoy was turned back at the border.2 to return to doing something in the way it was done before to The people are turning back to natural resources to survive. We’ve promised to help, and there’s no turning back (=you cannot change this)! turn back the clock at clock1(3) turn→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
turn backJeffries turned back to his own column.
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Verb table
turn
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyturn
he, she, itturns
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyturned
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave turned
he, she, ithas turned
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad turned
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill turn
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have turned
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam turning
he, she, itis turning
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you, we, theyare turning
Past
I, he, she, itwas turning
you, we, theywere turning
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been turning
he, she, ithas been turning
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been turning
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be turning
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been turning
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