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Hi Group,

Which is the correct sentence "Voto for a change or vote for change". Another sentences that I heard was "How's that for a change" what does it mean, this is a right sentence or wrong?. In what cases can we use for a change and for change?

Thanks in advance,
Antonio.
 

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Antonio said:
Hi Group,

Which is the correct sentence "Voto for a change or vote for change". Another sentences that I heard was "How's that for a change" what does it mean, this is a right sentence or wrong?. In what cases can we use for a change and for change?

Thanks in advance,
Antonio.

Vote for a change. (a specific change)
Vote for change. (change in general)

Pat: Sam is doing the dishes!
Max: Sam never does the dishes.
Pat: I know. He has changed. (i.e., become a different person)
Max: Yes. Sam has definitely changed!
Sam: I did the dishes. :D How's that for a change (of pace/behavior)?
Pat & Max: It's a welcomed change, Sam. 8)
 
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ok, I got it, but what does it mean "How's that for a change" and can you give me some simple examples using the word for change and for a change to understand better the whole context.

Thanks in advance,
Antonio.
 

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The word "change" without an article is usually a verb. "You need to change your outlook." When the word is used as a noun without the article it usually means coins, or the unspent part of a payment. "If you stand under the roller coaster, you can catch the change that falls out of people's pockets." "Please count your change before you leave the ticket window." When we say "for a change" it's idiomatic, usually omitting what is being changed. Examples: "It's hot for a change." (of weather [it has been cold]) "He went to work for a change." (of daily activity [he hasn't been working]). The phrase "for change" can only mean "in favor of change in general."
 

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Antonio said:
ok, I got it, but what does it mean "How's that for a change" and can you give me some simple examples using the word for change and for a change to understand better the whole context.

Thanks in advance,
Antonio.

You are bored with the usual routine, and want to have something new to lighten yourself up. You can use ' for a change '. OR You are sick with having vegetables for your meals every day and hope to have some fish instead :-D

Eg. Let's have some fish for a change, we've had too much vegetables over the week. :cool:
 
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