The word "switch" means to change an object or a situation. The change usually occurs between two things or two people:
- Jeremy switched hours with a coworker. He took her hours, and she took his.
- Maria switched cars with her husband. She took his car, and he took hers.
- Can we switch places? (I’m asking to take your position or place, and you take mine.)
- Switch places with me.
- Let’s switch. (Let’s exchange something.)
- We needed to switch classrooms because there was flooding in the one we normally use.
- Switch on the light. (Turn the light on from the "off" position.)
The word "switch" is also a noun. Switches are used for turning things on and off. This is what a switch looks like:
- Hit the switch.
- Can you hit the switch, please?
- Where’s the switch for the lamp?
- Do you know how to fix a light switch?
- Is there a switch on your computer or a power button?
- The switch is in the "on" position.
A switch can also be a change:
- We needed to make a switch.
- That was an interesting switch.
- They made the old switcheroo at work and changed cubicles. (To "make the old switcheroo" is a playful expression that you’ll hear occasionally in spoken English.)
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July 29, 2013