get to be

  • learning_grenglish

    Senior Member
    India
    Thank you friends.
    I have read this sentence in the Cambridge dictionary, "How did you get to be a belly dancer?"

    Do you think it is also awkward? or only mine is awkward.
     

    nichec

    Senior Member
    Chinese(Taiwan)/English(AE)
    Thank you friends.
    I have read this sentence in the Cambridge dictionary, "How did you get to be a belly dancer?"

    Do you think it is also awkward? or only mine is awkward.
    Er......Only yours is awkward :p :D

    We usually use "get to be" like:

    --So you get to be a hero by lying to everyone.

    You can say "I get to be a doctor after all the hard work", but not "I want to get to be a doctor" :eek:
     

    Leporello

    Member
    USA, English
    Er......Only yours is awkward :p :D

    We usually use "get to be" like:

    --So you get to be a hero by lying to everyone.

    You can say "I get to be a doctor after all the hard-working", but not "I want to get to be a doctor" :eek:
    Well put, Nichec (except that "after all the hard-working" should be "after all the hard work"; "hard-working" is an adjectival phrase): "get to be" implies having good luck; you can't say "want to get to be."
     

    panjandrum

    Occasional Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I want to be a doctor.
    I want to become a doctor.
    Both sentences are fine. It is a little more formal with "become".

    With "get to be", the sentence is strange. Using "get to be" focusses attention on the process, not the outcome. That's why the belly-dancer question is OK.
    I want to be a doctor.
    I want to become a doctor.
    How do you get to be a doctor?
     
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