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It began raining

Discussion in '英語勉強フォーラム - Learning English' started by hirashin, Mar 19, 2017 at 22:49.

  1. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    Hello, native English speakers,
    (1A) I began to read two hours ago.
    (1B) I began reading two hours ago.
    (2A) It began to rain.
    (2B) It began raining.

    According to one of my grammar books, 1A and 1B can be used and they have the same meaning,
    But 2B would rarely be used. Is that right?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hirashin
     
  2. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    Sorry, I've asked a similar question before.
     
  3. mdchachi

    mdchachi 先輩

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    They all sound natural to me. 2B would normally be used in conjunction with another clause or modifier.
    For example, "It began raining just as I left the office" or "It began raining at midnight."
     
  4. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    Oh, mdchachi, thanks for the help.
    Is it that you wouldn't just say "It began raining"?
     
  5. mdchachi

    mdchachi 先輩

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    That's right. It seems incomplete by itself.
     
  6. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    Thanks, mdchachi.

    How about these?
    (3A) At last he began/started to see what she meant.
    (3B) At last he began/started seeing what she meant.
    My grammar book says (3A) would be more common than (3B).
     
  7. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    How about these as well? Would all of them sound natural?  
    (4A) Having finished her work, she began/started to read the book.
    (4B) Having finished her work, she began/started reading read the book.
     
  8. mdchachi

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    They both sound ok to me but I guess I would agree that 3A is probably more common.

    I fixed your typo; both sound equally natural to me.
     
  9. hirashin

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    Thanks, mdchachi.
     

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