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‘Begin’ as a verb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Begin’ as a verb.

1

The Royal Fleet began in the reign of Henry VII.

From ‘Men of Invention and Industry’, by Samuel Smiles.

2

She began then to be afraid of appearing rude and impatient.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.

3

It was high time, for I now began to be tortured with thirst.

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

4

I began to scramble up the hill, crying out, “The murderer! the murderer!”

From ‘Kidnapped!’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

5

Certainly, since the mutiny began, not a man of them could ever have been sober.

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

6

A little before dawn, the boatswain sounded his pipe and the crew began to man the capstan-bars.

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

7

Great drops of rain began to patter on the leaves. Thunder began to mutter, then growl in the distance.

From ‘Phantastes’, by George MacDonald.

8

She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

9

The attorney-general was really extremely patient, but he was beginning to think that the interview had been long enough.

From ‘The Warden’, by Anthony Trollope.

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He deliberately scrutinised each sketch and painting. Three he laid aside.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

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