I have a question about the words order and their effect on the meaning of a sentence when it comes to use the verbs "replace" and "substitute"!
As far as I know, "to replace someone / something with someone / something else" means "to substitute someone / something for someone / something else".
Additionally, as far as I am concerned, if you are replacing A with B, then you are substituting B for A.
But problem is that if changing the words' places in each structure makes any difference in meaning?
For instance, does it make any difference if I say:
- Yesterday, I had a terrible quarrel with the company's directing manager and they are going to replace me with Sam Or substitute Sam for me.
- Yesterday, I had a terrible quarrel with the company's directing manager and they are going to replace Sam with me Or substitute me for Sam.
Let me simplify it! The inly thing that is important in the meaning of the two is that:
(Replace X with Y = Substitute Y for X)
But I need to know if replacing X and Y has a specific connotation in English? For example, in:
1.a. They are going to replace Sam with me.
1.b. They are going to substitute me for Sam.
2.a. They are going to replace me with Sam.
2.b. They are going to substitute Sam for me.
I was wondering which set implies that I was the first employee and Sam is taking my place?
Also which set implies that I as a new employee am taking Sam's place?
I hope I could make myself understood.