How to express CHANGE in English

How to express CHANGE in English

In this tutorial for beginners’ learners are going to learn How To express change in English. There are many expressions to describe change in English.

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And we can use the following verbs:






Let’s look at each in more detail.


a. become + adjective – this means to begin to be something


She’s had her hair cut in a becoming new style.

My brain becomes tired after studying.

b. become + noun phrase


Jake would like to become a dentist.

Tom and Anne have become couple.

Become is irregular and past participle is also become.

The past simple is became.


a. get + adjective – this means to begin to be something

          (“get” is more informal than “become”)

I’m getting bored. When are we going home?

It gets dark very early in the winter.

I am getting old.

b. get + infinitive – this means to describe a gradual change

          (to begin to do something new)      (to begin to feel something new)

1. get to know

Mike is new in school. I would like to get to know him.

I’ve got to know a good deal about the process.

2. get to like

At first, I hated my apartment. But I am getting to like it.


a. go + color; We use “go” (not “get”) to describe changes of color.

It’s autumn and the leaves are going brown.

Rob went red in the face after running under the heat of the sun.

He’s going blue with cold.

Brad Pitt is going grey.

b. go + adjective; We use this to describe changes for the worse.


          go bald                go grey

          go deaf                go blind

          go crazy              go mad

My father is going bald.

Dave went mad when he lost his wallet.

                             Food and drink:

          go bad       go mouldy          go stale      go flat

The Pepsi cola goes flat after a few hours.

Don’t drink the milk, it has gone bad.


a. come + infinitivethis means to describe a change in attitude.


1. come to realize

          You come to realize that’s the way he is.

2. come to regret

          He came to regret after leaving his job.


a. turn + adjective -to describe a highly visible change of state.

It is common color adjectives (“turn” is more formal than “go” + color)

Gina is turning red in the face.

It was so cold that my hands turned blue.

He turned very aggressive when the police arrived.

b. turn into + noun

= to transform into someone else ( or something else).

= a dramatic change in the nature of someone (or something).

The tadpole has turned into a frog.


a. fall + adjective

There are a few expressions with “fall” that mean “become” (to start to be):

1. fall asleep

She was so worn out that she fell asleep at the table.

2. fall ill 

An infected animal will quickly fall ill as the virus invades its body.   

Fall is irregular verb               past simple: fell  

past participle: fallen

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