change into VS change to

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Junwei Guo, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Junwei Guo

    Junwei Guo Senior Member

    Taiwan
    Chinese
    Here's a sentence I came across in my textbook:
    "The boys change into swans in the morning."
    Can I use "change to" in this situation?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Franco-filly Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - Southern England
    "Change into" seems to mean "transform (themselves) into" in this context i.e. they become swans.

    To me "Change to" suggests that they switch one thing for another. i.e. I started writing with a pen but changed to a pencil when the ink ran out, so "they change to swans" makes me wonder what they were or what they were using beforehand.
     
  3. Junwei Guo

    Junwei Guo Senior Member

    Taiwan
    Chinese
    :thumbsup::thumbsup:Your explanation has helped me a lot.:)
    I wanted to check whether I can say both:
    1. A witch changed the boys into swans.
    2. A witch changed the boys to swans.
    Thanks again!
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2018
  4. Franco-filly Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - Southern England
    I'd stick with 1."into"
     
  5. Junwei Guo

    Junwei Guo Senior Member

    Taiwan
    Chinese
    Thanks!
     

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