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JLPT N4 Author: dc
to begin/start VERB-ing
I started reading yesterday.
After 6 p.m. the employees began to disappear.
#4365 Author: Miki

I really began reading books in earnest once I was a University Student.
#3194 Author: dc, dcf

I started reading the book.
#1180 Author: dc

So friendly was his letter that she was deeply moved and began to cry.
#4366 Author: Miki

All of a sudden my mother began to sing.
#4368 Author: Miki

The newspaper began to lose readers when it dispensed with one of its most popular writers.
#4369 Author: Miki

To make matters worse, it began to thunder fiercely.
#4370 Author: Miki

My mother looked up the history of coffee cups.
#4367 Author: Miki

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