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I think turned the television on sounds better. I usually hear 'turned the television on' but I see 'turned on the television' in other references. Which is correct?

marked as duplicate by Urbycoz, RegDwigнt Dec 3 '14 at 13:18

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    Technically neither. You switch something on or off if it has a button or a switch. You turn something on or off, open or close if it has a dial, wheel or lever. I'm just being pedantic as 'turn(ed) on' is now common vernacular and a personal preference. – Joe Dark Dec 3 '14 at 13:04
  • Both work. Neither will confuse an audience. – SrJoven Dec 3 '14 at 13:06
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    Both are equally correct. Which is why both are commonly used in the first place. – RegDwigнt Dec 3 '14 at 13:18
  • But if te,evision is substituted by the pronoun "it", only "turn it on" is correct. "Turning on it" would have a very different meaning, i.e. attacking it when cornered. – Martin Dec 3 '14 at 13:52

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