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    Cool change

    Hello!

    Which is the right expression?:

    "Change the channel" or "change channels" ?

    "Change the subject" or "change subjects" ?

    Thanks
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    Re: change

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Which is the right expression?:

    "Change the channel" or "change channels" ?

    "Change the subject" or "change subjects" ?

    Thanks
    W
    They could all be right, depending on context.

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    #3

    Cool Re: change

    Thank you.

    If I say "oh please, change the channel!" or "Let's change the subject!" is it ok?

    Thank you
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    #4

    Re: change

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Thank you.

    If I say "oh please, change the channel!" or "Let's change the subject!" is it ok?

    Thank you
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    Yes, that's fine.

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    Re: change

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Which is the right expression?:

    "Change the channel" or "change channels" ?

    "Change the subject" or "change subjects" ?

    Thanks
    W
    Not a teacher.
    If you are interested in using THE, then the answers would depend on the situations.
    If someone asks you an embarrassing question, just change the subject. This term uses subject in the sense of "a topic of conversation.
    To change the channel is to switch to some other topic of conversation.
    Let's change the channel here before there is a fight.

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    Cool Re: change

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, that's fine.
    And in the same context could we say:

    -I'm getting angry, let's change subjects!

    -This programme is boring, change channels!

    Thank you
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    #7

    Re: change

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    And in the same context could we say:

    -I'm getting angry, let's change subjects!

    -This programme is boring, change channels!

    Thank you
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    Yes. There is no difference in meaning between "change channels" and "change the channel."

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    Cool Re: change

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    Yes. There is no difference in meaning between "change channels" and "change the channel."

    Thank you Soothing Dave!

    One more question:

    Let's imagine I'm in a group and I want to join another group. Can I say: "I need to change the group" or will I have to say "I need to change groups".

    Are these phrases interchangeable in this case?
    Thanks
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    Re: change

    In that case I would not say "the group" but "groups." Or maybe "change my group."

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    Cool Re: change

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    In that case I would not say "the group" but "groups." Or maybe "change my group."

    Is there a rule?

    Thank you

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