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    Hello, I'd like to ask if both sentences sound correct? thanks.

    1/ She wants to become a doctor.

    2/ She wants to be a doctor.

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    Re: become

    They're both correct, but the first one carries a sense of what is required to be a doctor. The process of becoming the doctor is understood. It's a very subtle difference.

    A child will say "I want to be a teacher" but probably not "I want to become a teacher."


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    Re: become

    Quote Originally Posted by Encolpius View Post
    Hello, I'd like to ask if both sentences sound correct? thanks.

    1/ She wants to become a doctor.

    2/ She wants to be a doctor.
    Yup. They both sound just fine.

    They both mean very much the same thing.

    Possibly the first one stresses that her ambition is to go to medical school -- stressing the "becoming" part of the process. The second one indicates that she wants to live her whole life "being" one.

    Yet there's not much difference in the end. Either one is fine.

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    Re: become

    As my kids would say, Ann, "Jinx!"

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