Reading about intellectual history and the history of natural science, I have very often come across the expression
to come-to-be as a synonym for
to come into being,
to start to exist,
to originate, and so on.
I also see commonly used such verbal expressions as
to come to know (for
to acquire knowledge of) or
to come to see (for
to realize), and so on.
My question now is twofold:
If one is allowed to write
to come-to-see, is there some definite end to this or am I allowed also to write
If I am allowed also to use other combinations, then what about the dashes/hyphens in these expressions. I usually see
come-to-bewith dashes, but the
to come to knowwithout (I think). Why is that so? Should one be consistent? Or has
to come-to-bebecome a lexical entity that warrants a particular use of dashes, whereas the other expressions are simply compound verbs that do not warrant an equal use of dashes? What about "to-come-to-converge` and other less usual instances of such combinations?