Change is the only Constant

The word “change can be a verb or a noun.

Verb- to change

– I have changed my clothes twice today.
– Why did you do that?
It rained and I got wet so I had to change them again.

Noun – change

I need a change.

Change is the only constant.

Change is the Only Constant – a paradox

This statement is a paradox because it doesn’t make sense, yet at the same time, it does make sense. Look at these phrases:

Things are always changing.
Everything is changing.
Nothing stays the same.

Some Questions

Can you see the paradox?

A Generalisation

Everything is changing.

This is a generalisation.

Let’s look more closely:

An Exception to the Generalisation

The fact that things change is not changing.

Everything is changing but this fact is not changing. Change is the only thing which is not changing. But everything is changing.

Can you see the paradox?

This is a generalisation.Link to a lesson about generalisations


There are other verbs which mean “change”

turn into

Alter and Adjust

Alter and adjust are verbs which refer to slight change. Look at these examples:

I altered my jacket.

Actually people generally say:

I had my jacket altered.

because generally people do not sew things themselves. They generally get somebody else to do it.

Having Things Done

Compare these phrases:

I had my hair cut.
I had my jacket altered.
I had my car fixed.
I had my house cleaned.
I had my lawn mowed.


Adjustments are small changes to something. Often we adjust a machine.An adjustment is a change which is made to a setting. It means to tighten or loosen, for example. “Alter” is a more substantial change.

I adjusted my watch.

You will have to adjust your attitude if you are going to work here.

Transform and Turn Into

“Turn into” is a phrasal verb which means “transform”.

It is used a lot in stories. Can you think of a story where somebody turned into an animal or a magical being? Tell us in the comments section below.


In the story of Cinderella a poor girl turned into a beautiful princess. Her shabby rags turned into a beautiful ball gown and her shabby shoes turned into glass slippers.

Our Lady of the City

The Transformation of Animals

There were other transformations in the story of Cinderella.

The mice in the kitchen turned into horses.
A pumpkin turned into a carriage.

Transitive and Intransitive

Verbs can be intransitive (no object), transitive (requiring an object) or both. The verb “transform” can be both:

Transitive – subject/verb/object

The Fairy Godmother transformed the pumpkin.

Intransitive – subject/verb

The pumpkin transformed.

The above sentences mean:

The Fairy Godmother turned the pumpkin into a carriage.

The pumpkin turned into a carriage.

Links to More Lessons

Vocabulary is the Key

Our Lady of the City

Generalisations are not Universally True

Understanding Grammar

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