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    Question will be vs. will become

    Hi there! I was asked this question and my answer was:


    1. Will be can be followed by a past participle, e.g. to express perfect future will be done, will be played, will be finished etc.
    2. Will become denotes that a particular event will happen in future but it should be followed by a noun, or adjective e.g. will be come a teacher, will become a president, will become nicer etc.

    My question is:
    What's the difference in meaning and in structure between these sentences:


    My sister will be a teacher.
    My sister will become a teacher.

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    Thumbs up Re: will be vs. will become

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    Hi there! I was asked this question and my answer was:


    1. Will be can be followed by a past participle, e.g. to express perfect future will be done, will be played, will be finished etc.
    2. Will become denotes that a particular event will happen in future but it should be followed by a noun, or adjective e.g. will be come a teacher, will become a president, will become nicer etc.

    My question is:
    What's the difference in meaning and in structure between these sentences:


    My sister will be a teacher.
    My sister will become a teacher.
    To me, there's no difference. Both can be use interchangeably.
    Hope this helps!
    Dawood


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    Re: will be vs. will become

    My sister will be a teacher.
    My sister will become a teacher.


    Generally interchangeable, though "My sister will be a teacher" is more common in conversation.

    The actual difference in meaning, though, is that 'will be a teacher' indicates the kind of work she will be doing - the kind of work that a teacher does as opposed to a plumber fixing leaks and unblocking drains.
    'My sister will become a teacher' refers to the whole process of theoretical and practical training as she develops and then enters the profession of teaching.

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