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Shifting, are you?

You want to shift to your new home or perhaps to a new city. And so you start looking for a professional company to help you do that. But to your utter surprise, you can’t really find a company that is into that kind of a business.

But why should it be surprising in the first place? How can there be a company that helps you shift when ‘shift’ is not the right verb to use. In no context does ‘shift’ mean ‘to change one’s place of residence or work,’ a sense in which we tend to use it in India.

‘Shift’ can however mean ‘move or cause to move (something) from one place to another, especially over a small distance.’ Example: “The service personnel shifted the electric cables away from our house” or “the roof cracked and shifted.” However, you can surely ‘shift a little in the chair you are sitting in.’ Any more and it will qualify as ‘move.’

The right verbs to use when you feel the urge to use “shift” are ‘move’ or ‘relocate.’ Both mean ‘to change one’s place of residence or work.’ When you say “I am moving” or “I am relocating,” it is understood that you meant you are moving or relocating ‘into your new house’ or ‘to a new city.’

‘Shift,’ when referring to objects, is generally used more in a temporal sense. Example: I shifted my class from Monday to Wednesday.

So move or relocate, not shift and you most certainly need to look for ‘Packers and Movers’ because you will never find ‘Packers and Shifters’ 🙂

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Sandeep Nulkar - Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, BITS Private Limited Sandeep Nulkar started his career as a translator way back in 1993 and heads one of India’s largest translation and localisation companies – BITS Private Limited. He is a linguist by passion, businessman by choice and author by circumstances. Over the past decade, he has been working closely with the corporate world and with students and the academia to create an identity for the Indian translator within and outside India.