Should I use "Be", "Become", "Get" in this sentence?

"Due to it being one of a/the few restaurants in this area, Saturday evenings can become/get/be busy so it is advised to pre-book by calling 0789343894."

  • Is that homework? If you're asking about only the second choice, maybe using regular font for the first one is a better idea. – 炸鱼薯条德里克 Sep 13 '18 at 13:47
  • I'd use "the few" and "get busy". "Become" and "be" aren't wrong but "get" works better. – Chappo Says SE Dudded Monica Sep 13 '18 at 14:04
  • Are you asking about two different word choices or only one? (Why mention a/the?) – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Sep 13 '18 at 18:51
  • What's your target readership? Where is this sentence going to be seen or heard? Spoken or read? – Andrew Leach Sep 14 '18 at 20:00
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    "…become…" is correct but too formal. "…get…" is purely colloquial, yet a better choice there. "… be…" is prolly the best choice, formally… – Robbie Goodwin Sep 15 '18 at 20:21

“The” and “become”. The word “get”, in this instance, is informal and often used as a colloquialism. It also implies the beginning of an action rather than a change in the amount of frequency.

get busy (third-person singular simple present gets busy, present participle getting busy, simple past got busy, past participle (UK) got busy or (US) gotten busy)

  1. (idiomatic) Start working, usually in opposition to idleness.
  • What's wrong with informality? Most native speakers I know would use "get" there. – Robusto Sep 14 '18 at 19:58
  • To be honest, as a native speaker I would have chosen "be" rather than "get" or "become". – calum_b Oct 15 '18 at 1:33

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