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    A wannabe person is ... Please check the definitions

    Hi teachers,
    Are all definitions correct?
    a) A wannabe person is someone who likes to pretend that he/she is somebody else.
    b) A wannabe person is someone who likes to show-off.
    c) A wannabe person is someone who is trying to copy somebody else, usually famous.

    Can I write it both ways with no difference in meaning? 'Wannabe' and 'wannabee'.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: A wannabe person is ... Please check the definitions

    None of your definitions really catches the essence of a wannabe - they want to be someone or something.

    wannabe - definition. American English definition of wannabe by Macmillan Dictionary

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    Re: A wannabe person is ... Please check the definitions

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    None of your definitions really catches the essence of a wannabe - they want to be someone or something.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply. I understand they want to be someone. But I just don't understand they want to be something.
    Could you provide me an example please?

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    Re: A wannabe person is ... Please check the definitions

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Learning:

    Here in the United States, there is a lot of crime in the big cities, so there are many jobs for security guards in stores

    and there are also security guards who drive around in cars to protect people who live in better neighborhoods.

    We often refer them as "wannabe" police officers. That is, some of them would like to be police officers, but maybe

    they cannot get hired because of their age, lack of education, height, etc. So they become security guards (who

    usually earn very little money) or work for security firms that guard better neighborhoods. They get to wear uniforms

    and ride in patrol cars. They get to look and act like police officers, but they are not. They are wannabees. Of course,

    never tell them that to their face. They will become very angry or insulted or hurt.


    *****

    I guess that you could say that I am a wannabee teacher! But don't tell me that: it will hurt my feelings.

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    Re: A wannabe person is ... Please check the definitions

    I am in charge of the marketing publications at my company. I will send drafts of materials in progress to the subject matter experts. I want them to check for factual mistakes. Sometimes, they come back with suggestions about how the material should be arranged. Apparently they are wanna-be graphic designers. Sometimes they suggest wording changes that are utterly unrelated to meaning. They are also wanna-be writers.

    This is usually a dismissive term.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A wannabe person is ... Please check the definitions

    Hi TheParser,
    Thank you so much for your accurate explanation. It's very clear now. Just one thing, You may no be an English teacher, but a teacher, I'm pretty sure you are. Years and the capacity to learn make you ONE, undoubtedly!!
    Having said that, further discussions about this point will be dismiss.

    Learner
    Last edited by learning54; 28-May-2012 at 18:07.

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    Re: A wannabe person is ... Please check the definitions

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is usually a dismissive term.
    Hi,
    Thank you so much for your accurate explanation and examples too.
    It is also very clear.

    Learning.

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