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Began vs Begun

Began vs. Begun: What’s the difference?

Let’s have a look at began vs. begun. Both began and begun are forms of the verb beginBegan [ bih-gan ] is the past tense of begin.

For example: She began classes last week. 

Begun [ bih-guhn ] is the past participle of begin.

For example: I have already begun working on the project.

Examples of Began vs. Begun

Going back decades, such spending had never fallen more than 3 percent per capita in a recession. In this slump, it is down almost 7 percent, and still has not really begun to recover. – The New York Times

She added that when they had begun lobbying Georgia’s legislators, they had discovered that many of them were not even aware of the state’s uniquely heavy burden of proof. – The Guardian

The number of boarding groups began to resemble something like a caste system; “change fees,” which have always been outrageous, grew higher (two hundred dollars for domestic, three hundred dollars for international), while baggage fees soared to as high as a hundred dollars. – The Economist

Japan’s claim to commercial whaling as a cultural expression is surely a shaky one, since it only began large-scale whaling in the 20th century – but it was taught to them by European whalers. – The Guardian

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