Wednesday, January 1, 2014

began/begun: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In modern English “began” is the simple past tense of “begin”: “he began to study for the test at midnight.”

But the past participle form—preceded by a helping verb—is “begun”: “By morning, he had begun to forget everything he’d studied that night.”

It's the beginning of a new year, and we are making a small change to the delivery of these entries. This year there will be no separate entries for the weekend; instead, the entry for Friday will cover the entire weekend, and if you need a little more to carry you over, the weekend entry will also include a link to one of our  favorite write-ups from the archives of the Common Errors in English Usage blog.

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