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    "Would be" vs "To be"


    What is the difference between two:

    1. Would-be-husband.
    2. Husband-to-be.

    If there is any difference between the two then in which circumstances these will be used.

    ( I have given just an example of would be and to be, there could be would-be-lender or lender-to-be etc.)
    If both are same, is there any other way to say the same expression.

    Thanks in advance


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    Re: "Would be" vs "To be"

    Quote Originally Posted by Zuhair Abbas View Post
    1. Would-be-husband.
    2. Husband-to-be.
    The first refers to someoneone who would like to be someone's husband, though he has possibly had no encouragement. One thinks of Lizzy Bennet's would-be husband, Mr Collins, in Pride and Prejudice.

    Husband to be means future husband, the man who will/would later become the husband of the person concerned.

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