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    Suppose some company currently use old software and will soon replace it with new software :

    "The company will soon switch over to the new software."
    "The company will soon change over to the new software."
    "The company will soon cross over to the new software."

    I think the first two are good English. I don't know about the third one. Dictionaries seem confused on the meaning of "cross over" too. Any suggestion?

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    Welcome to Using English.

    "Switch" sounds the most natural, but "change" sounds fine too. I would not use "cross."
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Mentality View Post
    Suppose some company currently use old software and will soon replace it with new software :

    "The company will soon switch over to the new software." OK, but "over" isn't necessary.
    "The company will soon change over to the new software." Better than "switch over", but "over" isn't necessary.
    "The company will soon cross over to the new software." Could be, but not the best use of "cross" in that context.

    I think the first two are good English. I don't know about the third one. Dictionaries seem confused on the meaning of "cross over" too. Any suggestion?
    My response is based on popular usage.

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    Thank you, Barb_D!

    I found this by accident:

    crosslake.govoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={39D49DC2-D71A-4833-BA70-CE9BB329355F}

    "All of us here at the Library want to thank you for your patience as we crossed over to the new library automation system. The most exciting news for this transition is our catalog is now accessible on-line. "

    Could this be an error or regional Americanism?

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