Turn back to the front, forward, ahead?

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cheerfulscience

Senior Member
Turkish
Hi. Suppose I hear a sound behind and turn around to see it, stop, and turn around again. Which of the following would be correct to describe my last action?

1- I heard a sound and turned around but after seeing nothing turned back to the front

2- I heard a sound and turned around but after seeing nothing turned back forward

3- I heard a sound and turned around but after seeing nothing turned back ahead
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    There’s no need to add anything after “I turned back”. It’s better left at that. The meaning is perfectly clear.

    (I would suggest repeating “I”.)
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    They would all sound odd, in my opinion; especially 2 and 3. But “turned back to the front” would be idiomatic in a situation where you were specifically facing something or someone – for example, if you were a member of the audience at a performance, facing the stage, or a student in a classroom, facing the teacher.
     
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