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Hannouschka

Senior Member
Swedish
Hi all,

I see there are many threads about "replace by" vs "replace with". I have a sentence in front of me with the structure: "Replace this Y for X" - is Y to be replaced by X??? Or is the 'for' something else? (No I can't provide the proper sentence; there are placeholders in it :)

Cheers,

H
 
  • liliput

    Senior Member
    U.K. English
    Doesn't sound idiomatic to me, unless X is a person: "Replace this tyre for me, I haven't got time to do it myself."
     

    Erebos12345

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Hi, how about:

    He replaced his car for a bike. He used to have a car, now he owns a bike, though "replaced" probably wouldn't be the verb I'd use here.
    She replaced her computer for a new one.
    It sounds...okay to me.
     

    liliput

    Senior Member
    U.K. English
    I would understand "replaced...for", but it looks like a mistake to me. Maybe it's more common in North America?
     
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