Results 1 to 2 of 2

    • Join Date: Jan 2007
    • Posts: 64
    • Post Thanks / Like


    I would like to learn if this use of 'would' is possible.
    A would-be dancer begins training at the age of 7 or 8.

    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 5,409
    • Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Grammar

    Yes. It is a very common expression, and means, in this example, someone who very much wants to be a professional dancer must start their training very early.
    A spin-off from that expression is someone described as a 'wanna-be', which means somebody who craves celebrity for the sake of it. They may have little or no talent, and become 'famous for being famous'.

Similar Threads

  1. Is there a grammar of spoken English?
    By M56 in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 09-Feb-2009, 00:58
  2. Complex english grammar
    By shivam in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-Oct-2007, 04:57
  3. Complex english grammar
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-May-2007, 08:03
  4. Prescriptive grammar and Descriptive grammar
    By zoobinshid in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2005, 13:25
  5. corrections help
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 21-Feb-2003, 17:05


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts