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The usage of move and transfer

Unread postby chocalate » 24 Aug 2006, 10:27

hi
What is the difference between move and transfer? Is it correct to say i have transfered to another house? i hope to know the usage of each one with examples.

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Unread postby schetin » 28 Aug 2006, 23:55

Hi Chocolate,

You can transfer data - you can move objects.

'Transfer' is a transitive verb, i.e. you can only transfer SOMETHING.

'Move' can be used both transitively and intransitively: you can move to a new location or move something to a another place.

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Unread postby Robbo » 08 Sep 2006, 23:27

Hello Chocalate

A very good question!

Both words mean about the same but they are sometimes used in different ways.

'transfer' tends to have a more formal tone and 'move' is more down to earth. 'Move' is used much more often than 'transfer'.

"I moved house last week." (It would sound very strange to say that someone transferred house.)

"I couldn't move my leg."

"I transferred some money from my bank account to my credit card account." (You can also say "move money" instead of "transfer money".)

"The footballer transferred from Chelsea to Aston Villa." ("Transfer" here has a specific, technical meaning in sports management.)

Notice that both "transfer" and "move" can be used as nouns and as adjectives (they can modify another noun) as well as verbs.

"The move is expected to take place next week." (:noun)

"Get a move on!" (Colloquial/slang:=hurry up)

"You should fill in these transfer forms when you want to change to a different course." (:adjective)

"Manchester United football club paid a huge transfer fee when Smith moved clubs." (:adjective)


I hope this helps.

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Unread postby Robbo » 08 Sep 2006, 23:32

Correction:

In the last example above: "Manchester United football club paid a huge transfer fee when Smith moved clubs."

I meant that "TRANSFER" was being used as an ADJECTIVE in "transfer fee".

"moved" in "Smith moved clubs" is of course a verb.

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Unread postby chocalate » 09 Sep 2006, 14:34

Thank you for your help :)
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