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    Default What Are The Exact Meanings Of These Compound Nouns?

    Hi, teachers: I wonder what are the exact meaning of and the differences betweeen the following compound nouns?

    xxx-to-be
    xxx-wanna-be
    xxx-would-be
    For example:

    He is a presindent-to-be
    He is a president-wanna-be
    He is a president-would-be
    What are the differences?? Thanks:)

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    Default Re: What Are The Exact Meanings Of These Compound Nouns?

    President to be = president-elect, he will be the next president.
    President wannabe = acts like he wishes he could be president, but couldn't possibly be.
    Presidential would-be = wishes to be, could be.

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