[詞彙Q&A] turn, get, become, grow 的用法
Use “turn" for colors:
-Bananas turn black if you put them in the refrigerator.
-The sky turned pink and orange during the sunset.
-My uncle’s hair is turning white.
Use “turn into" when talking about a complete transformation:
-The caterpillar turned into a butterfly.
-The couch in the living room can turn into a bed.
-My dream turned into a nightmare.
-Eric’s wife turned into a monster!
In informal English, use “get" with emotions:
-I got angry when my colleague made fun of me.
-My son’s getting excited about his birthday party next week.
-We always get really bored in History class.
You can also use get with comparative adjectives:
-It’s gotten more expensive to buy an apartment in this city.
-I’m getting better at playing the piano – I’ve been practicing a lot.
-It’s getting easier and easier for me to understand movies in English!
“Become" can be used with emotions and comparative adjectives in more formal English:
-My sister became depressed after she moved to a new city.
-It’s becoming more difficult to balance work and life in the modern world.
Always use “become" with professions (never “get”)
-He wants to become a lawyer someday.
-Shirley Temple became a famous actress when she was just four years old.
In written English, grow is sometimes used to mean ‘become’. It is used before adjectives especially to talk about slow and gradual changes. Grow is more formal than get.
-The sun grew so hot that they were forced to leave the beach.
-When they grew rich, they stopped visiting their old friends.
-As Dean grew older, he stopped driving racing cars.
*Use get with “used to”
-I’ve gotten used to taking cold showers.
-We never got used to driving on the opposite side of the road while we lived in England.
*Use “become" or “get" with “accustomed to” (more formal, more common in written English). Become is probably a little more common.
-It took years for him to become accustomed to life in another country.
-When I started my new job, I had to get accustomed to waking up early.