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What Time Do You Usually "Turn In" at Night?

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Jul 04, 2013 @ 08:59 AM

turn in cat in bedToday's phrasal verb is a great one!

This phrasal verb has a bunch of different meanings and I am going to teach you all of them.

Today's phrasal verb is "turn in."

Here is a sample sentence:


I like to turn in early so that I can wake up with the sunrise!





Meaning # 1: Turn in= to go to bed


bed time turn in

  • Grammar tip: This is an inseparable verb. You cannot say "turn yourself in" when you want to say that you are going to bed because would have a different meaning (see meaning # 2)

  • More examples: "By midnight I am usually ready to turn in." "What time are you turning in tonight?" or "I'm exhausted. It's time to turn in."






Meaning # 2: Turn in= To inform the police


  • turn oneself in to copsMeaning: We use this verb when we say that someone informs the police about the person who committed a crime. Someone can also turn himself in.

  • Grammar: This verb is separated when you place the pronoun between "turn" and "in" (see examples below)

  • Examples: "After running from the police for 6 weeks the fugitive turned himself in." or "Who turned the criminal in to the police?"



Meaning # 3: Turn in= To submit work that is due (to a teacher or supervisor)


  • turn in papersMeaning: This expression is used a lot in schools when you talk about submitting a report or a project to a teacher. 

  • Grammar: We can separate the verb by saying "I need to turn my project in." or we can say, "I need to turn in my project."

  • Examples: "When do you need to turn in your final thesis?" or "How late can I turn this in and still get academic credit for it?"








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