To Be Replaced


To Be Substituted, To Be Switched

Word Type

intransitive verb, godan verb


Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means replace, and this word means to be replaced, to be substituted, and to be switched.

Wondering about the difference between 代わる and 替わる? 代わる is used when someone or something takes the place of another, like filling in for a sick coworker. Whereas 替わる is used when things or situations switch places or are replaced with something new, like when talking about generations changing or a new governmental cabinet taking over.

This verb is intransitive, meaning it doesn't take a direct object. You'll sometimes see it with the particle , though, because the is showing a "path" rather than a direct object in this case. For example, 席を替わる (to switch seats) indicates your location is moving from one seat to another. Likewise, 電話を替わる indicates that a call is being handed off to another person.


  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)


The reading is the same as the one you learned with the kanji.


Context Sentences


I stopped watching Doraemon after the voice actor was replaced.


The government will be replaced as a result of this election.


If it's not too much trouble, could you switch seats with me? I'm with my girlfriend, but we're seated separately.

Kanji Composition