GRAMMAR


The past simple and the past participle of begin

Conjugation of the verb begin:

Base Form/Infinitive without 'to':

begin

Past Simple:

began

Past Partciple:

begun

Present Partciple:

beginning

Third Person Singular:

begins

Definition:

To start.

Example(s):

She began playing the guitar when she was eight years old
I think we should begin the presentation now.
He has just begun his first year working in this company.
He began his career as a teacher.

Similar verbs

The irregular verbs in the table below have the same pattern as begin. They are:

- Verbs with the 'i-a-u' pattern.
- Verbs like 'drink, drank, drunk'.

Verb Simple past Past Participle
begin began begun
drink drank drunk
ring rang rung
run ran run
shrink shrank shrunk
sing sang sung
sink sank sunk
spring sprang sprung
stink stank stunk
swim swam swum