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  1. Key Member
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      • Native Language:
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      • India
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    #1

    Be or become

    Hi guys,

    Please tell. If I say "Would you like to be my friend" or "I would like to be a business man one day or the president of India". Is it correct to say or can "Be" be replaced by "Become" or can both be used?

  2. MikeNewYork's Avatar
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      • American English
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    • Join Date: Nov 2002
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    #2

    Re: Be or become

    In the first, only "be" is natural. In the second, either one works.
    "Be" is a state". "Become" is a process.

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