Below is an explanation about internship versus apprenticeship. I would like to ask if become can be also used perfectly there instead of get in bold. I know there are several posts in ELL covering become vs get, but I really wonder about this specific context.

On the other hand, an internship is for undergraduate students where they learn specific skills and work experience required in a particular field or job, which may or may not be paid. People get puzzled when they are asked to distinguish the two, but the fact is that there exists a fine line of difference between apprenticeship and internship.

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You can use "become". "People get puzzled" is less formal; "people become puzzled" is formal or standard.

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    Absolutely. But here, I would say: are puzzled, in fact. There is no real reason to use either get or become. We're puzzled when [etc.] or by x.
    – Lambie
    Apr 17, 2018 at 21:21
  • @Lambie Thank you for the comment. Do you recommend using *be puzzled over get/become puzzled because it is simpler? Or is there any other reason? Apr 18, 2018 at 18:33
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    I recommend it because it is more elegant: get is colloquial, and become is heavier. The simplest is "be puzzled" about something.
    – Lambie
    Apr 18, 2018 at 18:36

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