3 Replies ・ Started by Danny at 2015-04-30 22:57:25 UTC ・ Last reply by SenseiHanzo at 2015-05-01 04:48:36 UTC This is a discussion about 替わる 変わる、代わる、替わる What is the difference between these words and which kanji are more commonly used? calak at 2015-05-01 02:54:14 UTC 変わる is any kind of change, like 信号を変わる (the stoplight changed). 代わる is "to substitute", like 代わりを探すとかね (finding a substitute). 替わる is "to succeed", like a new prime minister rising to office. calak at 2015-05-01 02:56:25 UTC 替わり is "to succeed" like a succession, not as in success. Another example is 替わり狂言, which means "successive program", or the program following the current one. SenseiHanzo at 2015-05-01 04:48:36 UTC I associate 替わる with "replace", since I most often see it in 入れ替わる. I guess you could say that a succession is a kind of replacement, though. Log in to reply.