Turn on the car, start the car


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Is it turn on the car or start the car?

Is it turn off the car or shut the car off?

Thank you very much!
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    We usually say "start the car" or "turn on the ignition," but not "turn on the car." Likewise, "shut the car off / turn off the ignition / shut off the ignition," although "turn the car off" might be okay too.


    Senior Member
    English English
    In BE I'd say 'start the car', 'turn the car on' or 'turn on the ignition'. I'd never use 'shut off'. I'd say 'turn the car off' or 'turn off the ignition'.