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    change - switch - shift

    How to understand when to use one instead of another word among "change- switch-shift"?

    Examples: 1) Did you notice Mary's change?
    2) There has been a severe climatic shift.
    3) I knew the magician had changed the cards over but I did not spot the change/switch.

    I have taken these sentences from a book, but it said that these three words mean that something is changing or has changed...so, what's the difference and how to use them properly?

    Thanks so much in advance.

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    Re: change - switch - shift

    I also have some problems with the verbs: to change, to shift and to switch...how to use them?

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    Re: change - switch - shift

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I also have some problems with the verbs: to change, to shift and to switch...how to use them?
    "shift" is about movement, you can't shift your mind, for example.
    To "switch" something means to exchange it with something else, you can't switch your mind either.

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    Re: change - switch - shift

    Could you give me some examples of the three nouns and verbs to understand the differences better?

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    Re: change - switch - shift

    Maybe: to switch = to swap - to exchange something like a seat or a pen
    to shift = to move something somewhere else - to change the position of something
    to change = is it the more generic verb?

    What about an opinion? to change my opinion - to shift the opinion (a shift of opinion)

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    Re: change - switch - shift

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Could you give me some examples of the three nouns and verbs to understand the differences better?
    Have you tried looking at some example entences in online dictionaries?

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    Re: change - switch - shift

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Have you tried looking at some example entences in online dictionaries?
    Yes, I have tried to but, if I have asked for a help, it's because I did not get anything...and I would like a teacher to explain them better with some examples...

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