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Thread: Grammar

    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    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
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    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'.

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