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    #1

    Is this a valid word?

    Is what-to-be a valid word? It's not one word. Those three words are joined by hyphens.

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    #2

    Re: Is this a valid word?

    Please provide context.

    Where did you see this phrase?

    I can't imagine how it would be used in a sentence.

    Rover

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    Re: Is this a valid word?

    He looked at his what-to-be home.

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    #4

    Re: Is this a valid word?

    Quote Originally Posted by PlacidRan View Post
    He looked at his what-to-be home.
    I'm afraid that that sentence doesn't mean anything.

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    #5

    Re: Is this a valid word?

    Quote Originally Posted by PlacidRan View Post
    He looked at his what-to-be home.
    Maybe: "He looked at his home-to-be."

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    Re: Is this a valid word?

    Quote Originally Posted by Abstract Idea View Post
    Maybe: "He looked at his home-to-be."
    That's exactly what I would suggest. The "what-to-be home" makes no sense. However, we do add "-to-be" these days to many things to make it clear that they will be something in the future.

    Obvious examples are saying "husband-to-be" or "wife-to-be" to mean fiancé(é).
    Your "mother-in-law-to-be" is the woman who will become your mother-in-law once you are married.
    If you have thinking about buying a particular house or have actually started the process of buying it, then it is your "home-to-be".

    The only phrase I can think of that actually sounds like "what-to-be" is "wannabe", which has a completely different meaning.

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    #7

    Re: Is this a valid word?

    I have seen the phrase "his want-to-be girlfriend" so I think that "his want-to-be-home" might have some rational meaning - although I can't explain what it is!

    We do use the phrase: "his soon-to-be" as in "his soon-to-be wife" (meaning his fiancée).
    However, it is used only rarely.

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    Re: Is this a valid word?

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    I have seen the phrase "his want-to-be girlfriend" so I think that "his want-to-be-home" might have some rational meaning - although I can't explain what it is!

    We do use the phrase: "his soon-to-be" as in "his soon-to-be wife" (meaning his fiancée).
    However, it is used only rarely.
    Absolutely with "want-to-be" or "wannabe", but the OP said "what-to-be" which I still can't fathom!

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