There are five 变 here, so what is the difference between 变成、变化、变得、改变、转变?

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I think I really need more context to tell the differences. Sometimes they are interchangeable.

变成 -> Become / Turn into

五年过去了,我从一个学生变成了一名老师 - I was a student. After 5 years I am a teacher now.

变化 -> Difference / Change (mostly used as noun)

五年过去了,这里还是没有什么变化 - After 5 years there's nothing changed.

变得 -> It's like 变成 but it should be used before a adjective/adverb.

五年过去了,我变得越来越谨慎了 - After 5 years I'm getting more and more careful

改变 -> Change (verb/noun)

她想改变自己的生活 - She wants to change her life (she wants to have a new lifestyle)

转变 -> Seldom used. Sometimes A more formal version of 改变

专家建议毕业生们转变就业观念 - Experts advice graduates to change their thoughts on getting a job.

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    This answer seems really good to me. It matches both my 語感 (non-native but advanced learner) and what I have seen/heard from people who rely on considerably more than a feeling. Great!
    – Olle Linge
    Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 0:41
  • In this case is 得 in 变得 considered a degree complement?
    – Blaszard
    Commented Oct 18, 2017 at 20:15
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    转变 often refers to changes from bad/negative thinking/behavior to good/positive ones
    – xenophōn
    Commented Oct 20, 2017 at 12:19

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