I want to say:

As someone who has recently become a father, ...

but I would like to use the shorter form:

As a recently ____ father, ...

What word could I use here? "Become", "becomed", "emerged", "materialised" and "born" don't seem to fit.

In a different example, we might be able to use the word "graduated":

As a recently ____ engineer, ...

But what if we wanted to say only that someone had become an engineer, without specifying the actual process of graduation or training?

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    We normally just say "new". As a new father...as a new engineer – TRomano Mar 27 '16 at 14:30
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    A very reasonable question, but I think you'll have to make do with the original (or Tim's alternative). – Edwin Ashworth Mar 27 '16 at 15:19
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    I can't find the exact collocation with recently, but newly is contextually synonymous, and Google Books has dozens of written instances of newly fledged engineer. Plus there are several hits for newly fledged father (so it doesn't only get used of new states you had to study, develop, train to attain). – FumbleFingers Mar 27 '16 at 17:13

The phrase "newly minted father" has more google books hits than @FumbleFingers' suggestion of "newly fledged father". I think both of these phrases would be fine.

These are both metaphorical, but I think if you want a non-metaphorical past participle with this meaning, you're out of luck.

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I'm pretty sure there isn't any conjugated form of "to become" that will fit in that blank space - here's why (I think):

In your example As a recently graduated engineer, or for that matter As a recently trained engineer, "graduated" and "trained" are perfect passive participles - ie. It is you who has been trained and has been graduated (I'm pretty sure "to graduate" is transitive in this case).

When you attempt to substitute in some form of "to become," if I'm not mistaken, it's impossible because "to become" has no passive forms (and thus no perfect passive participle, unlike "to train" or "to graduate").

Instead, try: "Having recently become a father..." This way, you would be using the perfect active participle of "to become," which does in fact exist.

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I would say:

As a newborn engineer


As a newborn father

Apple dictionary defines newborn as:

A recently born child or animal. Figurative: a newborn star.

Hope this helps.

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