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2001 vol.004

Happy New Year! And welcome back for the first edition of Berlitz WordMaster in the year 2001. We hope your year will be filled with warm smiles, laughter, and much satisfaction.

For our part, the WordMaster Team will be working hard to help make 2001 a year of steady improvement in your English. It's good to see you again!

Today's Lesson
BEGIN / START   始める、始まる

Explanation

  • To begin or start something (transitive form) is to do the first part of something. 

    To say that something begins or starts (intransitive form) means that it exists when, just before, it did not.

    Begin and start can be followed by either the infinitive or the "-ing" form of a verb.

    (Be careful: We do NOT usually say that something starts or begins FROM 5 p.m., Tuesday, next month, etc. Rather, we say it starts AT a time, ON a day, IN a month, etc.)
  • begin somethingや、start somethingは、何かを始める(他動詞)という意味です。

    something beginsや、something startsは、何かが始まる(自動詞)という意味です。

    beginstartは、to不定詞と〜ingの両方の形をとります。

    注意:(5時、火曜日、来月 など)から始まる、と言う場合、something starts or begins FROMとは言わず、something starts or begins AT(時間)またはON(日)またはIN(月)と言います。

examples

  1. Our family always starts the New Year with a visit to my grandparents' home in Shikoku.
  2. Both the 21st century and the third millennium began on Monday.
  3. "Know" begins with a "k", not an "n".
  4. If you start saving money when you're young, it's easy to save enough for retirement.
  5. John, where were you? We were beginning to worry.

英会話レッスンHave a good one!