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    Hi

    "Stephen Fanning was originally cast in the role of Billy Campbell, but was fired when filming first began because he had gained too much weight. He was replaced by Andrew Shue, who re-shot the "Billy" scenes in the pilot two days after getting the role."

    Do we use "gain weight" to mean to deliberately become heavier and "put on weight" without the intention to do so?

    I'm inferring from the above context that the actor had to become heavier for the role but his weight had been more than needed; that's why he was fired.

    And we use "put on weight" when the action is not an aim.

    What'd you think?

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    Default Re: gain vs put on weight

    No - it can just means he has put on too much weight. There is no intention in the statement.

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    Default Re: gain vs put on weight

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    No - it can just means he has put on too much weight. There is no intention in the statement.
    So, either would be fine even if there's intention?

    Eg. The actor's aim was to gain/put on 20 pounds to fit the role and he did it.
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    Default Re: gain vs put on weight

    Yes.

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    Thank you

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    I lost/put off 10 pounds and I want them back.

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