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to begin: to start, to commence, to initiate
The show has begun. The show has started.
To begin with, let me introduce myself. Before anything else, let me introduce myself.
I cannot begin to thank you. I don't know how to thank you. I can't thank you enough. I'm extremely grateful.

This is an irregular verb:
I begin / I began / I have begun

beginning (September): starting from, commencing from (September)
Beginning next week, we will have a new coffee machine. It's arriving on Monday.

the beginning: the start, the commencement
Pronunciation examples
UK: Hello, it's my first day in this job. Where should I begin?
US: Well in the beginning you should make colleagues drinks, that's how I began. I'll have a coffee please.


  • "Before I begin reading the will, please accept my condolences for the loss of your grandfather, Mr. Jones."
  • "Brent : Great, let's begin!"
  • "Well I'm beginning to see the light."
  • "Mrs Bentley : Let's begin, I love doing this part."
  • "Our first session will now begin."
  • "As I begin this new chapter in my life, substituting meaningless sexual encounters with meaningful brush strokes, I would appreciate the support of my colleagues as I reveal the fruits of my labor."
  • "Danica : Your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I'd like to begin with a story, if you'll permit."
  • "Just keep your head down on the desk and we will begin."
  • "You have 30 seconds, begin now!"
  • "Lawrence Laughsalot : You will begin now Olero!"

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