"The car turns left."
Translation:Το αυτοκίνητο στρίβει αριστερά.
Στρέφω is more archaic and used in formal or scientific speech or poetic. Στρίβω is less formal, used more.
Can anyone tell me the difference between στρέφω and στρίβω. Both are listed as "to turn" in my dictionary. I used the former verb but my answer was marked as wrong because it was expecting the second verb.
Στρέφω is always transitive and means "to turn [sth], to point [sth] at [sb/sth], to direct [sth] at [sth/sb]". Στρίβω can be used as transitive and intransitive. Its transitive meaning is "to turn, to twist" and its intransitive meaning "to turn". In this sentence, the verb "turn" is intrasitive so only στρίβω can be used.
Thank you for the explanation. For language learners who might read this in the future, transitive verbs have a direct object (I turn the screw) whereas intransitive verbs do not have a direct object (The car turns... but it isn't turning something else).