Which of the following statements is more common and why?
- I became 20 yesterday.
- I turned 20 yesterday.
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In my opinion turn would be an appropriate choice. Both may be used to denote changes. However, turn is used when a the process is still in continuation and gradual per se, like aging, while become is used when the phrase is more definitive and result oriented. For example:
- What do I have to do to become a pilot?
- He turned 100 years old yesterday.