- verb and noun
is a device for making and breaking the connection in an electrical
circuit in e.g. a light, radio, TV or heater. We
switch these things on and off. We also turn
them on and off. We can turn them down or up, but
we cannot switch them
down or up:
call that music? It's a terrible row! Either turn it down
or switch it off.
you switch to something different, you change suddenly to
a different task or activity from what you were doing before. We
can use switch or change in all these examples, but
switch is more dramatic:
you mind switching / changing places with me so
that I can sit next to my child?
had to switch / change planes in New York. There
was no direct service to Miami.
was going nowhere so I decided to switch / change
think you would create more space if you switched / changed
/ moved the furniture around.
of its dramatic quality, switch is frequently used in newspaper
headlines. These three examples all appeared in the Independent
daily newspaper on 28 or 29 January. See if you can work out the
meaning. The answers are below:
Xavair set to switch to Liverpool.
to euro uncovers Ireland's excessive prices.
switched signals to help refugees.
Xaviar, the Portuguese defender, is ready (= set) to move from Everton
across town to Liverpool football club.
The changeover or switch from the Irish punt to the euro
has revealed the high cost of certain goods.
A criminal group of men (= gang) changed or switched train
signals from green to red so that trains would stop to allow refugees
to climb on board.