be vs become soccer player


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korean - english
Ex)he was meant to be soccer player

Here, if i put "become" instead of "be" in the sentence, Have both "be" and "become" the same meaning? Or just have a nuance between be and become?

I knew that meaning of "be" is exist;not changable while "become" is changable.

Am i right in thinking that?
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Ex) Hhe was meant to be a soccer player.
    They both roughly mean: He has so much talent and skill at soccer that he was put in this world to play soccer.

    But "He was meant to be a soccer player" suggests (to me) that the subject is a past player or an established player. The sentence "He was meant to become a soccer player" sounds to me like the subject is someone who has just started to be recognised in the sport (at a reasonably high level).
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