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Volverse, Convertirse, and Others: Ways to Become

All this talk about commands brought us back to Shaila Dúrcal's wistful song, Vuélvete la luna. ("Become the Moon"). Yup: here's another song title that's an order, if a somewhat abstract one. Some of you may know that Volver (the title of a 2006 Almodóvar film) means "to return." But did you know that "volverse" is one of many ways to say "to become"? For example:


Acaricia mi alma, vuélvete la luna

Caress my soul, become the moon

Caption 14, Shaila Dúrcal - Vuélvete la Luna

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¿Mi hija se volvió loca, Papá?

Did my daughter go [become] crazy, Dad?

Caption 28, Yago - 6 Mentiras - Part 14

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Se volvió loco.
He went [became] crazy.


A few other ways to say "to become" are hacerse, convertirse, and ponerse. Here are examples of how these "becoming" verbs work:

Hazte doctor.
Become a doctor.


Las redes sociales generan impactos sorprendentes, y hoy por hoy se ha convertido en la mano derecha de millones de usuarios.

Social media generate a surprising impact, and at present it has become millions of users' right hand.

Captions 11-12, Tu Voz Estéreo - Laura - Part 13

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La librería se ha convertido en un Starbucks.
The book store has become a Starbucks.

Se puso colorado.
He turned red in the face.

A veces la vida se pone difícil.
Sometimes life gets hard.


If you want to read more ways to say "become" in Spanish: Haz clic aquí (Click here).


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