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Is there any difference between these 2 sentences:

My parents encouraged me to be a doctor, but I didn't want to.

My parents encouraged me to be a doctor, but I didn't want to be.

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The first sentence is correct, and is what I would use, but the second just seems awkward and lacks a direct object for the verb be. To fix this one would have to say

My parents encouraged me to be a doctor, but I didn't want to be one.

Where one refers to a doctor.

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    OP's second version isn't quite as obviously unacceptable as My parents encouraged me to have an eye test, but I didn't want to have, but it's in that general area. Definitely to be avoided. Jun 2, 2016 at 14:55

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