began vs begun : Common Errors in English

About began vs begun

Begun is the past participle and began is the simple past. Begun cannot be used without an auxiliary verb like has, have etc. When the emperor said, "Let the games begin!" the games began. The next day the newspapers reported that the games have begun.

began Meaning(s)

  • (n) Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992)
  • (v) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  • (v) have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
  • (v) set in motion, cause to start
  • (v) begin to speak or say
  • (v) be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series
  • (v) have a beginning, of a temporal event
  • (v) have a beginning characterized in some specified way
  • (v) begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
  • (v) achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
  • (v) begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language

begun Meaning(s)

  • (n) Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992)
  • (v) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  • (v) have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
  • (v) set in motion, cause to start
  • (v) begin to speak or say
  • (v) be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series
  • (v) have a beginning, of a temporal event
  • (v) have a beginning characterized in some specified way
  • (v) begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
  • (v) achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
  • (v) begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language

began in News

  1. Twins claw back for another late win vs. Phllies

    MINNEAPOLIS -- In what began as a familiar script, the Minnesota Twins dug themselves an early hole by giving up two runs in the first inning.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The SportsXchange via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Edward Snowden Search Began Days Before NSA Surveillance Program Reports Went Public

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) - U.S. government investigators began an urgent search for Edward Snowden several days before the first media reports were published on the government's secret surveillance programs, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Huffington Post

  3. Twins 4, Phillies 3

    MINNEAPOLIS - In what began as a familiar script, the Minnesota Twins dug themselves an early hole by giving up two runs in the first inning, but they chipped away at the visiting Philadelphia Phillies and beat them 4-3 at Target Field on Wednesday.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The SportsXchange via Yahoo! Sports

begun in News

  1. Ranchers In The Upper Klamath Are Having Their Irrigation Shut off

    Watermasters have begun to notify ranchers in the upper Klamath Basin that they have to shut off their irrigation. That's to satisfy the needs of the Klamath Tribes and a federal irrigation project for more water.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting

  2. Gang of 8 Bill and Immigrant Assimilation: Opportunity for Philanthropy

    Initial debate has begun  in the Senate this week on the long-awaited so-called Gang of 8 Senate immigration reform bill. New York Senator Charles Schumer is aiming for passage by July 4 and we can expect heated exchanges about some familiar themes: border security, a ?path to citizenship? for illegal immigrants, and the extent of a guest worker program for agriculture. But the goals of a more ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Forbes

  3. Help Henderson planning meetings have begun

    Planning meetings have begun for Help Henderson 2013, an event set for Saturday, Sept. 7.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Gleaner

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