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I want to know the difference between 'to be' and 'to become'.

There are two sentences below

  1. I want to be a president.
  2. I want to become a president.

I think the two sentences are same. If not, what is the difference in meaning? What do you think of this?

marked as duplicate by Yuri, Chenmunka, shin, Hellion, Rompey May 31 '17 at 14:59

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  • Possible duplicate of the question Difference between be and become – Lucian Sava May 31 '17 at 7:37
  • As Peter mentioned in his answer 'be' is just the state of sth\sb but 'become' describes a transition, a change. Expressing your wish in both ways is correct, but remember to be a president, first you need to become one. – Yuri May 31 '17 at 11:12
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Usually using

I want to become president.

implies there are steps or a process one must go through.

Saying

I want to be president.

only emphasizes the end point or goal.

Either way the result, if successful, is that you are president.

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