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My dream was to become a scientist. My dream was becoming a scientist.

Which one is correct? or Do you have any idea to make it sound natural?

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  • Even though My dream was becoming a scientist sounds strange, Becoming a scientist was my dream sounds okay. My dream was becoming true/a reality/etc. is also possible. – Damkerng T. May 6 '16 at 0:10
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The second sentence links the action of "becoming" with its subject, My dream. By this, your dream was in the process of turning into a scientist. Dreams cannot do that.

The first sentence is commonly phrased and would be acceptable.

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