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Autor:  Dale-USA
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  18/JUN/2012 9:53 PM
Assunto:  The usage of the verb substitute
Mensagem:  Breno, you have made an interesting observation.  I agree with you 100%.  Below is yet another observation about what happens with "for" is replaced by "with".


To my understanding, the meaning of the verb changes depending on whether it
is followed by "with" or "for."

"Substitute A for B" means to remove B and replace it with A.

"Substitute A with B" means to remove A and replace it with B.

Antony Davies

-----Original Message-----
From: Coffin, Donald [mailto:dcoffin@iun.edu]
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 11:24 AM
To: Teaching Econ Discussion List (E-mail)
Subject: "Substitute for" vs. "Substitute with"

I've run into a use of language in the last week that I guess I have never
heard before, and wondered how widespread it is.

A student asked me if I could use language other than "substitute A for B,"
because he could not figure out whether that meant "substitute A with B" or
"substitute B with A."

I think "substitute B with A" means "replace B with A," but I'm not sure.

Has anyone else run into this? If so, what do you do?

Don Coffin
Indiana University Northwest

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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
The usage of the verb substitute  –  Breno N.  18/JUN/2012, 5:25 PM
 The usage of the verb substitute  –  Dale-USA  18/JUN/2012, 9:53 PM

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