I'm looking for a verb/some verbs here so I can say:

I (verb) those two digits and that's why you read 25 here (instead of 52).

I don't want to use "mix up" because I'd like to specify this "action" between two digits 2 and 5. I hope I made myself clear. Thank you!

  • You switched them around. This is quite a basic question, which suggests that you might find our sister site English Language Learners a better place to ask future questions. ELU here mainly deals with more advanced topics of the oddities and usage of the English language. May 15, 2014 at 12:16
  • Swapped or switched around. Nobody ever says "transposed". I am cautious to migrate this to ELL, as you can simply take the verb in your mother tongue and then look up the translation in a bilingual dictionary of your choice.
    – RegDwigнt
    May 15, 2014 at 12:19
  • Related question: english.stackexchange.com/questions/32889/…
    – T.E.D.
    May 15, 2014 at 12:23
  • Thank you for your replies! Sorry if this is off-topic for this site. I wasn't aware of your sister site and I just got this verb on the tip of my tongue so I thought I'd just drop a question here. My bad.
    – Eliza
    May 15, 2014 at 12:25
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    I always say "transposed". People with dyslexia sometimes see letters transposed from their actual position, which can cause confusion and amusement with large signs such as "FCUK" (French Connection UK, a clothing store). May 15, 2014 at 12:41

2 Answers 2


I transposed those two digits.

More colloquially, you can say "I switched those two digits round".

  • I would not use transpose here unless the meaning were completely clear—with something like numbers, I would probably be more likely to think that you transposed the intact set of numbers to somewhere else. Perhaps that is just the coder in me being biased, though. May 15, 2014 at 12:31
  • transposed is perfect for this.
    – francis
    May 15, 2014 at 12:32

Transpose - cause two or more things to change place

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