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onsen
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 2:30:01 AM
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Hello,

1. Children become adults.
2. Children grow into adults.
3. Children turn into adults.
4. Children change into adults.
5. Children develop into adults.
(self-made sentence)

Which ones of the above sentences are inappropriate?

Thank you.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 4:45:26 AM

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Children become adults, inevitably ;-)

Nothing wrong with your other sentences, they are all understandable.


(BTW, take a look at Little Prince, a book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It tells a lot of being a child, and maintaining it.)


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
ozok
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 5:19:03 AM
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Between childhood and adulthood you have adolescence.



just sayin'
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 5:52:45 AM

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I think 3 and 4 can only be by magic, but I am not 100% sure.
onsen
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:25:31 AM
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Kirill Vorobyov wrote:
I think 3 and 4 can only be by magic, but I am not 100% sure.


I googled and the result is that both sentences 3 and 4 are used in very limited senses.

Quote:
What I object to about this programme, is the effect that it, and many similar programmes, has on the poor parents who are just trying to do their best at a hard job. They're probably doing just fine. The truth is that children turn into adults as a result of thousands of diverse influences, and precisely the same upbringing can produce children who are vastly different in terms of achievement, personality and 'happiness'. As a parent, all you can do is your best.
BBC News

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 4:37:40 PM

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Hi Onsen.

Yes - they're all usable, but you have to use the right one at the right time.
It would be best (this is advice for any time you have a choice between "synonyms") to look at ALL the meanings in a good dictionary for each of the choices.

These are the ways I would use these five phrases, based on what I know, but others may agree fully.
1. become. - this is a very general 'normal' word with no 'implications'.
2. grow into. - this implies a natural 'live' development over time.
3. turn into. - this can be quite quick - and (as Kirill says) is used for magic tricks sometimes - but not always.
4. change into. - this can be quite quick, sudden change
5. develop into. - this implies a natural development over time, but not necessarily 'life'.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
CamNewton
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:50:12 PM
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"Turn into" is an odd one because it is used for both sudden, even magical transformations and gradual, natural ones.

"The witch turned the prince into a frog."
"Slowly, imperceptibly, summer turned into fall."

Both correct.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 2:40:02 AM

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CamNewton wrote:
"Turn into" is an odd one because it is used for both sudden, even magical transformations and gradual, natural ones.

Yes - a sort of 'all-purpose' word.

She must be a witch. When she was hitch-hiking, and whispered to the driver, he turned into a lay-by. Whistle Whistle

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
patinetes
Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2018 6:50:30 AM
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Great! thank you!
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