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Basculer vs. Changer

What is the difference between the verbs "basculer" and "changer" in terms of context, meaning, and usage?

Thank you.

April 4, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seattle_Scott

They're very different. Changer is to change, or change out, and basculer is to create a disorder of things, to jumble about, topple, or in French, faire tomber, ou renverser.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Puopjick

It's true.

But in some case "basculer" is used as an image to mean "change really really a lot". For example you can read "après ce jour, ma vie a basculé", which means "after this day, my life changed a lot", there was an after and a before and this day will stay a really important day in my life.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seattle_Scott

Great example, but it still emplies turmoil and not a subtle change.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Madhav_Malhotra

"Mais c'est à ce moment-là que tout bascule." I found that sentence in one of the Duolingo Stories.

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