Impersonating is not the same as replacing

The verbs supplant Y replace they are used as if they were synonyms and that is not so. To explain it better, we are going to review our RAE Academic Dictionary.

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Supplant It has two meanings: ‘Falsifying a letter with words or clauses that alter the meaning it had before’. And ‘To occupy someone’s place with bad arts, defrauding him of the right, employment or favor that he enjoyed’.

Replace, meanwhile, has three meanings: ‘Put someone or something in the place of another person or thing’, ‘Said of a person or a thing: Occupy the place of another’. ‘Supply for someone or act as her’.

Replace. Photo: Stock.

As you will have noticed ‘supplant‘ has a negative undertone like when talking about impersonation. For example: ‘The fraudster impersonated the identity of the bank user and stripped him of his money’.

As to replace -indicates the Fundéu- ‘we can say that a law replaces a previous regulation, but not that a law replaces a previous regulation’.

Another example:

* ‘Words must replace weapons’, said Javier Solana.

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