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Are these sentences correct? I know, that it is possible to say "Er war ein verschlossener Mensch" and "Er ist ein verschlossener Mensch geworden". But can we say in the same way with the verb "wachsen"?

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No, these sentences are not correct, as wachsen cannot be used like that.

The closest form that I can think of (and that probably matches what you want to express) is zu ... heranwachsen:

  • Er wuchs zu einem verschlossenen Kind heran.
  • Er ist zu einem verschlossenen Menschen herangewachsen.
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You mean like in to grow to be smth.? There's no directly translatable expression in German I know.

But if you want to emphasize the development/progress, add such a adverbial expression like:

im Laufe der Zeit; mit der Zeit; über die Zeit; allmählich

if you really want to use the verb wachsen, you can use heranwachsen and say:

Er wuchs (allmählich/mit der Zeit) zu einem verschlossenen Mann heran.

BUT: Saying that, you're describing the timespan from child to adult.

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No, you can't say that. "Wachsen" has nothing to do with "verschlossener Mensch". "Wachsen" means to grow, not to become ("werden").

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