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    Default what's the difference between 'switch to' and 'switch over to'?

    I'm a native speaker and can't feel a difference between the verb phrases switch to and switch over to.

    Is there any difference?

    thanks

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    Default Re: what's the difference between 'switch to' and 'switch over to'?

    I don't feel any difference.

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    Default Re: what's the difference between 'switch to' and 'switch over to'?

    ok thanks

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    Default Re: what's the difference between 'switch to' and 'switch over to'?

    I think that the bigger the change, the more likely I would be to use over, but either could be used.

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    Default Re: what's the difference between 'switch to' and 'switch over to'?

    I agree - it feels like it might take more effort to switch OVER than to simply switch. But not necessarily.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: what's the difference between 'switch to' and 'switch over to'?

    As an example, in the UK, we're going to get rid of analogue radio and go digital, which I would say is switching over to digital, though switching to would be OK.

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    Smile Re: what's the difference between 'switch to' and 'switch over to'?

    both have same meaning ........

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    Default Re: what's the difference between 'switch to' and 'switch over to'?

    I feel "switch to" is a temporary shifting from one point to another with the inherent option of reverting back while "switch over to" implies permanence of change.

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    Default Re: what's the difference between 'switch to' and 'switch over to'?

    As far as actual meaning goes, I can't really think of a difference either. My usage would be different for different scenarios though:

    I'm going to switch over to BBC2 now for that programme I want to watch.
    not
    I'm going to switch to BBC2 now for that programme ...

    I'm thinking of switching my gas and electricity provider.
    not
    I'm thinking of switching my gas and electricity provider over.
    though I would say
    I'm thinking of switching over to British Gas for my gas and electricity.

    Uh-oh. Another minefield!

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