LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||06/DEZ/2004 2:44 AM|
|Assunto:||Re: Flute ( johannes)|
do you confirm the last part of the definition below ( the part about the dutch usage)?
be·gin [ bi gín ] (past be·gan [ bi gán ], past participle be·gun [ bə gún ], present participle be·gin·ning, 3rd person present singular be·gins)
1. transitive and intransitive verb start: to do something that was not being done before
People began to leave.
2. transitive and intransitive verb have as its starting point: to have as its starting point, first action, or first part, or be the starting point or first part of something
The story begins with a birthday party.
3. transitive and intransitive verb come or bring into being: to come into existence, or cause something to come into existence or take place
The business began as a two-person operation.
4. transitive verb undertake for first time: to undertake, use, or give attention to something for the first time
5. transitive and intransitive verb start to speak: to start to say something, or start by saying something
6. transitive verb be capable of: to be able to succeed in accomplishing a particular task ( used in negative statements )
The salary doesn’t even begin to meet her expectations
I couldn’t begin to explain how awful it was
[Old English beginnan . Ultimately from a prehistoric Germanic word that is also the ancestor of German and Dutch beginnen.]
Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
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