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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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To me they're interchangeable with the qualification that in some cases becoming wealthy takes longer than getting rich. We don't usually say, "I got wealthy," unless perhaps we win the lotto, and then some humor would attach to the expression. "Wealthy" sort of implies that you've learned to wear it well.
And, of course, she is marrying them, not marring them.
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Hi Avangi, thank you for your response. May I ask you some more questions:

1.Can we say got rich, become rich and became rich?

2.Do you mean we don't say 'get wealthy' or got wealthy? Can we say became wealthy?

3."Wealthy" sort of implies that you've learned to wear it well.
What does 'learned to wear it well' mean here?

4."I got wealthy," unless perhaps we win the lotto, and then some humor would attach to the expression.
I don't understand the meaning, could you explain about it?

5.In the case, should we use 'rich' rather than 'wealthy', since you said 'become wealthy' takes longer than 'get rich'?

6.Can we use 'get rich' no matter how long it takes?

Thank you for your help!

Thank you GG for pointing out my typo.
Hi,

Could someone please help me with my questions above?

Than you very much
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Hi Avangi, thank you for your response. May I ask you some more questions:

1.Can we say got rich, become rich and became rich? These are all fine.

2.Do you mean we don't say 'get wealthy' or got wealthy? Can we say became wealthy? Became wealthy is more common than got wealthy. Got wealthy implies it happened overnight. (won the Lotto - discovered oil on your property)

3."Wealthy" sort of implies that you've learned to wear it well.
What does 'learned to wear it well' mean here? Wealthy becomes a way of life. Did you ever watch the old TV series The Beverly Hillbillies? They were dirt farmers from back east who got rich when they found oil on their farm. They moved west to Beverly Hills, which is populated by very rich people. The plots are based on the comedy of watching people who are used to a poor way of life and now have more money then they know how to spend. Poor people wouldn't know how to wear a fur coat. Wear it well means you accept or handle your situation gracefully, whether you have good fortune or bad.

4."I got wealthy," unless perhaps we win the lotto, and then some humor would attach to the expression.
I don't understand the meaning, could you explain about it? You know how difficult it is for a poor person to become wealthy, so when it falls in your lap, you make a joke about it.

5.In the case, should we use 'rich' rather than 'wealthy', since you said 'become wealthy' takes longer than 'get rich'? I would say, yes.

6.Can we use 'get rich' no matter how long it takes? Certainly. Some people might choose to use the terms interchangeably. To others, the difference is significant. Families who have been wealthy for generations often criticize those whose wealth is newly acquired, referring to them as "new money."

Thank you for your help! Sorry for the delay.

Thank you GG for pointing out my typo.

Hi Avangi,

I appreciate your great help with my posts. Could you answer my further questions?

1.Does 'get wealthy' imply the same meaning as 'got wealthy' or we don't say 'get wealthy'?

2.Do 'get rich' and 'become rich' have any subtle difference?

3.Can we also say 'get rich' or 'become rich' if it happens overnight?

4.Do you mean we use 'become wealthy' when it takes a long time and 'become rich' when it takes a short time?

5.Is 'got wealthy' appropriate in the case:

"She got wealthy after marrying a rich man."
I think it happens overnight here, doesn't it?

PS:I'm not sure if I have ever watched the TV series you talked about. Maybe it was just too old so that I can't remember.

Thank you for any help.
Anonymous
Hi Avangi,

I appreciate your great help with my posts. Could you answer my further questions?

1.Does 'get wealthy' imply the same meaning as 'got wealthy' or we don't say 'get wealthy'? You can say it, and of course people often do; but there's usually an element of humor or sarcasm in it. They got wealthy when they discovered oil / their rich aunt died / they won the Lotto. In the present, I hope I get wealthy pretty soon! What can I do to get wealthy?

2.Do 'get rich' and 'become rich' have any subtle difference? Become rich is more respectful or respectable. We have an expression, "get-rich-quick schemes," for plans to get a lot of money without doing much work. They're famous for not working out.

3.Can we also say 'get rich' or 'become rich' if it happens overnight? Sure.

4.Do you mean we use 'become wealthy' when it takes a long time and 'become rich' when it takes a short time? Generally speaking, yes.

5.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.
I think it happens overnight here, doesn't it? Everywhere!

PS:I'm not sure if I have ever watched the TV series you talked about. Maybe it was just too old so that I can't remember. It's about the same vintage as "I Love Lucy."

Thank you for any help.

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