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    Usage of the verb RENAME

    I was talking to a friend and wanted to say that they should rename "EDM" (Electronic Dance Music) and call it "RDS" (Random Discordant Sounds).

    Should I say -

    i.
    They should rename "EDM" as "RDS" OR
    ii. They should rename "EDM" to "RDS" OR
    iii.
    They should rename "EDM" "RDS"...

    I know the third one sounds a bit weird, but it did cross my mind so I thought I'd put it up.

    Thanks in advance! :)

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    Re: Usage of the verb RENAME

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashwin Pantula View Post
    I was talking to a friend and wanted to say that they should rename "EDM" (Electronic Dance Music) and call it "RDS" (Random Discordant Sounds).

    Should I say -

    i.
    They should rename "EDM" as "RDS" OR
    ii. They should rename "EDM" to "RDS" OR
    iii.
    They should rename "EDM" "RDS"...

    I know the third one sounds a bit weird, but it did cross my mind so I thought I'd put it up.

    Thanks in advance! :)
    The third one is correct. The other two are unnatural to my ear.

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    Re: Usage of the verb RENAME

    Thanks Bhaisahab.

    I read a few posts related to this doubt and concluded that 'rename to' is a blunder. Is 'rename as' equally wrong?

    Also, according to one of the threads, ' They should rename EDM "RDS" ' is the best way to phrase it. Am I right?

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    #4

    Re: Usage of the verb RENAME

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashwin Pantula View Post
    I was talking to a friend and wanted to say that they should rename "EDM" (Electronic Dance Music) and call it "RDS" (Random Discordant Sounds).

    Should I say -

    i.
    They should rename "EDM" as "RDS" OR
    ii. They should rename "EDM" to "RDS" OR
    iii.
    They should rename "EDM" "RDS"...

    I know the third one sounds a bit weird, but it did cross my mind so I thought I'd put it up.

    Thanks in advance! :)
    Only because both are abbreviations, I would choose #1 in writing. In spoken English, I would choose #3.

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    Re: Usage of the verb RENAME

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Only because both are abbreviations, I would choose #1 in writing. In spoken English, I would choose #3.
    That's an interesting point. I shall keep that in mind. Thanks Mike!

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