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Hi,
Are these correct? are 'rich' and 'wealthy' interchangeable here?

She got rich after marring a rich man.
She became rich after marring a rich man.
She got wealthy after marring a rich man.
She became wealthy after marring a rich man.

Thank you in advance
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Hi Avangi,

Thank you very much for your kind response. I have some questions about your post and May I ask you these:

1.[Is 'got wealthy' appropriate in the case:

"She got wealthy after marrying a rich man." It depends on whether you wish to be respectful or disrespectful.]
Do you mean 'got wealthy' shows disrespectful here?

2.[Can we also say 'get rich' or 'become rich' if it happens overnight? Sure.]
What are the difference among 'get 'rich' , 'get wealthy' and 'become rich' when it happens overnight?
For example:
He got rich by winning the Lotto.
He got wealthy by winning the Lotto.
He became rich by winning the Lotto.

3.He is a rich man.
He is a wealthy man.
What is the difference between them
here?

4.[It's about the same vintage as "I Love Lucy."]
Do you mean it is as old as 'I Love Lucy'? I have heard the TV show, but I can't remember if I have ever whatched it.

Have a nice day!
AnonymousHi Avangi,

Thank you very much for your kind response. I have some questions about your post and May I ask you these:

1.[Is 'got wealthy' appropriate in the case:

"She got wealthy after marrying a rich man." It depends on whether you wish to be respectful or disrespectful.]
Do you mean 'got wealthy' shows disrespectful here?

2.[Can we also say 'get rich' or 'become rich' if it happens overnight? Sure.]
What are the difference among 'get 'rich' , 'get wealthy' and 'become rich' when it happens overnight?
For example:
He got rich by winning the Lotto.
He got wealthy by winning the Lotto.
He became rich by winning the Lotto.

3.He is a rich man.
He is a wealthy man.
What is the difference between them
here?

4.[It's about the same vintage as "I Love Lucy."]
Do you mean it is as old as 'I Love Lucy'? I have heard the TV show, but I can't remember if I have ever whatched it.

Have a nice day!

Anon,

People have been helping you with you questions. Can you use a log on name?
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AnonymousHi Avangi,

Thank you very much for your kind response. I have some questions about your post and May I ask you these:

1.[Is 'got wealthy' appropriate in the case:

"She got wealthy after marrying a rich man." It depends on whether you wish to be respectful or disrespectful.]
Do you mean 'got wealthy' shows disrespectful here?

2.[Can we also say 'get rich' or 'become rich' if it happens overnight? Sure.]
What are the difference among 'get 'rich' , 'get wealthy' and 'become rich' when it happens overnight?
For example:
He got rich by winning the Lotto.
He got wealthy by winning the Lotto.
He became rich by winning the Lotto.

3.He is a rich man.
He is a wealthy man.
What is the difference between them
here?

4.[It's about the same vintage as "I Love Lucy."]
Do you mean it is as old as 'I Love Lucy'? I have heard the TV show, but I can't remember if I have ever whatched it.

Have a nice day!

Hi Anvagi,

Could you please continue to help me with the above questions?

Thanks
AnonymousHi Avangi,

Thank you very much for your kind response. I have some questions about your post and May I ask you these:

1.[Is 'got wealthy' appropriate in the case:

"She got wealthy after marrying a rich man." It depends on whether you wish to be respectful or disrespectful.]
Do you mean 'got wealthy' shows disrespectful here?

2.[Can we also say 'get rich' or 'become rich' if it happens overnight? Sure.]
What are the difference among 'get 'rich' , 'get wealthy' and 'become rich' when it happens overnight?
For example:
He got rich by winning the Lotto.
He got wealthy by winning the Lotto.
He became rich by winning the Lotto.

3.He is a rich man.
He is a wealthy man.
What is the difference between them
here?

4.[It's about the same vintage as "I Love Lucy."]
Do you mean it is as old as 'I Love Lucy'? I have heard the TV show, but I can't remember if I have ever whatched it.

Have a nice day!

Hi Avangi,

I have more questions as above, could you please help me with those questions? Thank you very much.
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Hi Anon,

1. We're talking about very small differences here. Arranged in order from most respectful to least respectful: became wealthy; became rich; got wealthy; got rich. The two middle ones are a toss-up.

2. Again, you may use any one of the four, and the same order applies. The difference between your questions 1. & 2. is that everyone understands the circumstances surrounding a Lotto win. We may be jealous of the winner and wish to insult him on that basis, or we may be happy for him and wish to congratulate him. Since all the cards are on the table, no one is likely to take offense.

On the other hand, when one acquires wealth by marrying a man or a woman, his or her motives are open to speculation, and a disrespectful remark could be taken to imply the person's motives were less than honorable. I expect this is common to all languages and cultures.

3. a rich man vs a wealthy man? Again, they may be used interchangeably in all situations, but "wealthy" has more of the flavor of old money and the traditional life style that goes with it. It's possible that Joe Kennedy senior and The Great Gatsby may never be completely forgiven for the way they made their money, but most of us base our opinions on the way people live.

4. Sorry about that. "Vintage" is the year a wine was put down, and we apply it to other prized things, like vintage cars.
Hi Avangi,
I'm so grateful for all your great help with my questions. And your explanation really helps me a lot.
What does this mean? "Since all the cards are on the table,"

Thank you very much.
In playing a game of cards, like poker or bridge, you don't know which cards your opponent is holding, or which cards may be face-down and not in play. The unknown factor creates the drama of the game. In life situations we often allude to the game: "Okay, I'm going to lay my cards on the table," meaning, I'm going to let you know what I have and where I stand.

When all the cards are on the table (presumably face-up) there are no more "unknowns" or reasons for speculation. When someone wins at Lotto, everything is above-board (not under the table) and a jealous remark will be taken as just that. If someone marries rich, you always wonder, was it for love or for money? So when we hear a jealous remark, we think, Hmmm, maybe he knows something.
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Hi Avangi,

I understand. You have been so helpful. Thank you very much.
Regards