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    enthusiastic learner is offline Newbie
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    To Be or To Become

    What is the difference between these two? And how will you know which one to use?

    I want to be a doctor.

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    I want to become a doctor.

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    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
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    Re: To Be or To Become

    Quote Originally Posted by enthusiastic learner View Post
    What is the difference between these two? And how will you know which one to use?

    I want to be a doctor.

    or

    I want to become a doctor.
    There is no difference in meaning.

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    Re: To Be or To Become

    There might be a slight difference in shading. If you were thinking of the achievement itself you would say becoming a doctor, but if you were thinking about the ongoing experience after the achievement you would say being a doctor.

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