thumb through pages / turn to the front, back, or the middle

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stephenlearner

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

Greeting!

My son was thumbing through the pages to find a piece of information. But he did not know where it was.
I wanted to help him. Can I use the phrases like:
"turn to the front";
"turn to the back";
"turn to the middle";
"turn back the pages"; or
"turn the pages forward"?

Thanks very much!
 
  • zebov

    New Member
    English - U.S.
    Just as a note, verbally, "go to" seems more natural to me when referring to general areas of a book such as "the front", "the back", or "the middle". I'd use "turn to" for a specific page such as when referring to a page number, the next or previous page, or any other individual page. "Flip" can also be used in place of "turn". So, I would likely say something like:

    "First, turn to page 23 in the workbook to see a picture of a horse. Then go to the front of the book and find the first page of the butterfly chapter. Now, turn the page and you'll see a beautiful rainbow. Finally, flip back to the butterfly page again."
     

    stephenlearner

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Thank you, Beryl for the welcome and your reply. Thank you, zebov. Your help is appreciated. I love especially the examples zebov gave.
     
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