Aleksandar Bešić
1. 'Become the best was my first priority' 2. 'Become is verb here?'
I know no1 sentence is grammatically incorrect but I think no2 sentence is correct

Question: In the no2  sentence, isn't Become a noun?
Question: when grammar isn't matter, Can I use no1 sentence?

I have posted the same topic before and surprised why teachers not solving the simple problems, I start learning about 6 months ago, In many cases I have seen peoples don't care grammar and making mistakes even native speakers, especially, in TV series and comments, So I think grammar is just time wasting
May 7, 2019 5:13 PM
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May 7, 2019
You’ve asked this question three times (links below) — first in the “answers” section, then as a “notebook” entry, and now in the “discussion” forum. Half a dozen native speakers (many of us professional English teachers) have taken time out of our mortal lives and given you the same answer. Not only do you refuse to accept our answer, but you argue with us and blame us for your stubborn refusal to understand. I don’t normally like to discourage anyone, but the most important thing for you to understand is that if you continue with your attitude, you will certainly not improve your English. BTW, There may be millions of users here, but there are very few of us who are willing and able to donate our time to help out learners for free.

The last two times you asked this question:
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May 7, 2019

You can say either of these:

Becoming the best was my first priority.

To become the best was my first priority.

In the first sentence, becoming is a gerund.  It is the -ing form of a verb that is used as a noun.  You can tell if an -ing word is a gerund by asking yourself, "Can I put THE ACT OF in front of the -ing word and it means the same thing?

E.g.,

Skiing is fun.    THE ACT OF skiing is fun.  Is  that the same thing?  Yep.  So that's a gerund.


The second sentence uses an infinitive as the subject of a sentence.  Here are some other examples:

To love someone else is the greatest joy in life.

To play passionately was Beethoven's greatest concern.


You asked a second question.  Yes, grammar does matter, and no, you can not say "become the best was my first priority" because it sounds totally wrong.

May 7, 2019
I have posted the same topic before and surprised why teachers *are* not solving the simple problems. I *started* learning about 6 months ago. In many cases I have seen peoples *who* don't care *about* grammar and making mistakes- even native speakers, especially, in TV series and comments, so I think grammar is just *a* time *wasted*
May 7, 2019
In the second sentence "Become" is the subject which functions as a noun but we know that it usually is a verb
May 7, 2019
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