What is the difference between shift and transfer?
When we use transfer, we usually say things like:
- He transferred to the New York office from the Chicago office.
- Can you transfer funds to the checking account?
For shift, something like:
- The foundation of the house shifted 5 cm in the earthquake.
- He kept shifting in his seat the whole meeting. (This phrase is used when someone moves back and forth in their seat).
- A few key members of the House of Representatives shifted their position to align with the party opposition. (This one is not a physical shift, but an ideological one).