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Last Updated: Nov 05, 2015     Views: 0

We use the linking verb become to describe a process of change. A number of other linking verbs can be used instead of become, including come, get, go, grow, turn.

We use get rather than become in informal speech and writing before difficult, ill, interested, pregnant, suspicious, unhappy, and worried.

We prefer become to talk about a more abstract or technical process of change with words such as adapted, apparent, aware, convinced, infected, irrelevant, obvious, and recognized.

e.g.: He became recognized as an expert.

We use become, not get, if there is a noun phrase after the linking verb.

e.g.: She became a good tennis player.


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