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  1. amoyzoe New Member

    China and Chinese
    Hi guys,

    I am confused with the phrase "replace A for B", so which one is being substituted, A or B?

    e.g., do we say " replace a broken chair leg for a good one " or " replace a good chair leg for a broken one" ?

    Thanks. :)))
     
  2. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    New York
    USA - English
    We don't say either. We replace one thing with another.

    I replaced my old Yugo with a new Mercedes.
     
  3. MrMoto Senior Member

    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada, English
    It is more common to say "replace A with B" or "replace A by B".

    Both of these mean "remove A and add B". Thus, "replace a broken chair leg with a good one".
     
  4. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    MrMoto, you will find multiple threads on these questions by searching WordReference for replace, replace with, replace by, etc.
     
  5. MrMoto Senior Member

    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada, English
    Thank you, bibliolept, but perhaps you meant to address the original poster?
     
  6. Nico11 Junior Member

    English
    You would say,

    "replace a broken chair leg for a good one"

    You replace A with B. Therefore B is the fix, if that is your intention.
     

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