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?

  • Possible duplicate of the question Difference between be and become 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

Usually using

I want to become president.

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


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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