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    He's ambitious enough to become president.

    How would you say this??? Here's my attempt....

    Он так честолюбив, что может стать президентом.


    What do you think?

    Thanks.

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    you said it well basurero
    but, judging by the English phrase, you should say better - Он вполне (or достаточно) честолюбив(амбициозен), чтобы стать президентом.
    you can say also Он так честолюбив, что мог бы стать президентом.
    ...,that he could become a president.
    also Он так честолюбив, что мог бы быть президентом - he could be, he might be (perhaps - can I say he might be in such cases?)

    Он так честолюбив, что может стать президентом is He is so ambitious, that he can become a president.
    Я так думаю.

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    I'd stick with "could". I think it's because you're describing his abilities/capabilities - as in, "he's so smart, he could get a master's degree".
    If you use "might", you have to change the sentence - "he might get a master's degree," meaning it's just a possibility. "Might" doesn't say anything about his character or abilities, while "could" does. Hope that helps...
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    Понятно! Спасибо за помощь!

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    Thanks Moryachka! I guess I understood.
    Я так думаю.

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