begin
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begin(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to start)
a. empezar
We began the exam at noon.Empezamos el examen a mediodía.
b. comenzar
I like to begin the day with a cup of hot coffee.Me gusta comenzar el día con una taza de café caliente.
c. iniciar
Next week, we begin a new phase for our company.La semana que viene iniciaremos una nueva etapa en nuestra empresa.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to start)
a. empezar
Let me begin by thanking you for being here this afternoon.Déjenme empezar por agradecerles que estén aquí esta tarde.
b. comenzar
We were waiting at the bus stop when the storm started.Estábamos esperando en la parada de autobús cuando comenzó la tormenta.
c. iniciarse
The new healthcare program begins January 1st.Se iniciará el nuevo programa sanitario el primero de enero.
3. (to originate)
a. originarse
The tradition of the American boarding school began in England.La tradición del internado estadounidense se originó en Inglaterra.
b. nacer (river)
The Amazon River begins in Peru.El río Amazonas nace en Perú.
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begin
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. empezar, comenzar
to begin a new jobempezar en un trabajo nuevo
to begin to do something, to begin doing somethingempezar or comenzar a hacer algo
I couldn't (even) begin to describeno sé ni cómo empezar a describir
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (general)
a. empezar, comenzar
to begin by doing somethingempezar por hacer algo
to begin againcomenzar de nuevo
to begin with,…para empezar,…
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begin [bɪˈɡɪn] began (past)begun (participle:past)
transitive verb
1 (start) empezar; comenzar
to begin doing sth begin to do sth empezar a hacer algo
it's beginning to rain está empezando a llover; he begins the day with a glass of orange juice empieza el día con un zumo de naranja
I can't begin to thank you no encuentro palabras para agradecerle
it doesn't begin to compare with ... no puede ni compararse con ...
this skirt began life as an evening dress esta falda empezó siendo un traje de noche
2 (undertake) emprender; (set in motion) iniciar; [+discussion] entablar
I was foolish ever to begin it hice mal en emprenderlo
intransitive verb
1 (start) empezar; comenzar; iniciarse (formal)
the work will begin tomorrow el trabajo empezará or comenzará mañana
the teacher began by writing on the board el profesor empezó escribiendo en la pizarra
let me begin by saying ... quiero comenzar diciendo ...
beginning from Monday a partir del lunes
to begin on sth emprender algo
to begin with sth comenzar por or con algo
to begin with, I'd like to know ... en primer lugar, quisiera saber ...; to begin with there were only two of us al principio solo éramos dos
2 (originate) [+river] nacer; [+rumour, custom] originarse
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