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    #1

    be v.become v. get v. go

    1. "People and sharks have never been friends."

    I would like to ask that is 2. "People and sharks have never become friends" in the same sense with 1 ? And which of the 1 or 2 is more idiomatic?

    If "become" in 2 is correct verb for this situation than it means: "Enter or assume a certain state or condition" and if so

    3. "People and sharks have never got friends" and

    4. "People and sharks have never gone friends." should also be correct."

    What do you think about 2. 3. and 4.

    Source: Zoobooks Sharks and Wordweb

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    #2

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    Only number 1 is logically and grammatically correct. Number 2 is grammatically correct but not natural. You could say We've lived two houses down from the Martins for almost twenty years but we've never become friends. It doesn't work with people and sharks.
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    #3

    Re: be v.become v. get v. go

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Only number 1 is logically and grammatically correct. Number 2 is grammatically correct but not natural. You could say We've lived two houses down from the Martins for almost twenty years but we've never become friends. It doesn't work with people and sharks.
    Why does "become friends" work with "martians and peple" but not with "people and sharks"? As you say "number 2 is grammatically correct but not natual" it seems it does work with "people and sharks" but be not "natural"

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    Last edited by hhtt21; 19-Jan-2017 at 21:25.

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    #4

    Re: be v.become v. get v. go

    No one mentioned Martians (aliens from the planet Mars). "The Martins" refers to a family whose surname is Martin.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

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    Why is "present perfect" preferred in the original?

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    #6

    Re: be v.become v. get v. go

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Why is "present perfect" preferred in the original?

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    It is used because, in this negative context, the action has never been completed up to the present time. That is what the negative present perfect signifies. For example, "Their relationship has never been perfect" means it was not perfect in the past, and continues to be imperfect today.

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