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    Can I use "fit" to replace "become"?

    I came across a sentence:
    Those words do not become a person in your position.
    Then can I use fit to replace "become"? If not, what's the differene between the two words?
    Can anyone help explain it to me? Thanks.

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    Re: Can I use "fit" to replace "become"?

    Become is a slightly old-fashioned word in this sense. 'Fit' does nor really work, even though 'fitting' and 'becoming' as adjectives can be used as near-synonyms.

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    Re: Can I use "fit" to replace "become"?

    Not 'fit'. There is an old word, 'befit' - which would have the right meaning but would sound rather stilted. The word 'become' is rarely used in that sense; it survives in the fossil 'conduct unbecoming an officer'. Today we use something like 'to be suitable/appropriate/fitting' or, if appropriate, 'unworthy'.

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    Re: Can I use "fit" to replace "become"?

    Thank 5jj and BobK very much. It's helpful.

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    Re: Can I use "fit" to replace "become"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Become is a slightly old-fashioned word...
    ...and has a literary or poetic ring to it, as in the play Mourning Becomes Electra (1931) and the song Moonlight Becomes You (it goes with your hair) (1947).



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    Re: Can I use "fit" to replace "become"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Become is a slightly old-fashioned word in this sense. 'Fit' does nor really work, even though 'fitting' and 'becoming' as adjectives can be used as near-synonyms.
    I would expect to see that something was "unbecoming" of a person's position. That is, the sense of the word survives in the negative (un) form.

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