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


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.

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