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Tell me please if following sentences have indentical meanings.

The president became known as the most innovative president of all.

The president came to be known as the most innovative president of all.

As a non-native speaker I cannot see the difference, and I would prefer to use the first one as it is less wordy.

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They do have the same meaning.

"became" is the past tense of "become", which is a verb that means "Begin to be".

"came to be": "Came" is the past tense of come, which can be defined as "(with infinitive) Eventually reach a certain condition".

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