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Difference between all synonyms of 'exchange'



 
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Difference between all synonyms of 'exchange' #1 (permalink) Fri Oct 27, 2006 15:09 pm   Difference between all synonyms of 'exchange'
 

Synonyms Lesson, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #105 "Synonyms for exchange", question 2

Till his last day Jacob was not sure whether he should ......... his will.

(a) modify
(b) alter
(c) shift
(d) vary

Synonyms Lesson, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #105 "Synonyms for exchange", answer 2

Till his last day Jacob was not sure whether he should alter his will.

Correct answer: (b) alter
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What is the exact difference between all these synonyms of "exchange"? i cannot catch it!

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Difference between all synonyms of 'exchange' #2 (permalink) Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:05 am   Difference between all synonyms of 'exchange'
 

Viara wrote:
What is the exact difference between all these synonyms of "exchange"? i cannot catch it!

Viara,
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As it was said many times earlier:
"Exchange" requires two objects (whether material or not).
One of the objects is given or received as an equivalent, replacement, or substitute for something else.
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Difference between all synonyms of 'exchange' #3 (permalink) Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:25 am   Difference between all synonyms of 'exchange'
 

Viara wrote:
modify
alter
shift
vary

What is the exact difference between all these synonyms of "exchange"? i cannot catch it!

I'm not surprised you can't catch it. The differences are subtle. There are many instances where you could correctly use either of the first two.

modify - change in form or character
alter - change or transform
"Now that I have suggested changes please can you modify your work."
"I will do as you ask and alter my work."

shift - change place or direction, transfer (or move something from one place to another)
"I decided to shift the vase nearer the window so that the flowers could get more light."

vary - make something more diverse or different
"The menu varies through the year according to what foods are in season".
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