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What are the differences in nuance between these same pronunciation prefix + different かえる combinations?

For example:




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Because the question was about the different ways to say replace/exchange/change etc, 代える・変える・換える・替える, wasn't added to the list of examples. Because their sort of the 'defaults' without any added とり・いれ・おき. – Sesseto Dec 29 '13 at 11:39

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From Daijirin:


So roughly in English:

  • 「替える」: replace something with something of the same kind. "replace a player" "change the sheets"
  • 「換える」: replace something with something else. exchange. "exchange jewels for money"
  • 「代える」: substitute. represent. "substitute a show of hands for a vote" "life cannot be substituted by anything else"
  • 「変える」: change the state of something. move something somewhere else. "change one's hairstyle" "change one's attitude" "change an address" "change the location of something" "change color (turn pale/red)"

Daijirin lists all the compounds you gave with 替/換:

  • 置き換える・置き替える: rearrange
  • 入れ替える・入れ換える: replace A with B, change A for B
  • 取り替える・取り換える: replace, renew

Typically, you would use the first version unless you wanted to emphasize a particular nuance:

  • 置き替える: move to another place of the same kind
  • 入れ換える: replace A with B, which is of a different kind
  • 取り換える: replace with something not necessarily of the same kind
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