General Writing and Grammar Help/Come, become unbearable

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Dear Ted:

If the two sentences below are both correct, do they have the same meaning?

1) Everything has COME unbearable.

2) Everything has BECOME unbearable.

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:



If the two sentences below are both correct, do they have the same meaning?

1) Everything has COME unbearable.

2) Everything has BECOME unbearable.

*** Sentence #2 is correct.  Sentence #1 is wrong.  "Become" indicates a process, which is not conveyed by the word "come."  You can change the first sentence to make it correct:
Everything HAS COME TO BE UNBEARABLE."

*** I suggest you use the second sentence.  It is brief and very concise.

Ted  

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