UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/bɪˈgɪnɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/bɪˈgɪnɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bi gining)

From the verb begin: (⇒ conjugate)
beginning is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. a [new, fresh, promising] beginning
  2. was an auspicious beginning (to)
  3. start (again) at the (very) beginning
  4. from the (very) beginning, I [was, knew, had]
  5. (come) from unpromising beginnings
  6. [he led, it was thrilling] from beginning to end
  7. at the beginning of the [party, concert, festival, day]
  8. [since, at] the beginning of [January, 2020]
  9. the beginning of [the story, our relationship, a new era]
  10. is the beginning to a [good, sad] [story]
  11. was just the beginning (of)
  12. has the beginnings of a [good, great, fantastic] [story, novel
  13. had its beginnings in [Greece, scientific investigation]
  14. marked the beginning of a new [era, chapter] (in his life)
  15. the beginnings of [peace talks, hostilities, disagreement]
  16. the beginnings of [the company, modern physics, human culture]
  17. in the beginning there was [light, nothing]
  18. a misunderstanding was the beginning of the (argument)
  1. beginning [Spanish, electronics, programming]
  2. a [workshop, course] for beginning [Spanish]
  3. [tips, advice, a guide] for beginning [runners, writers]
  4. a beginning [swimmer, driver, teacher]
  5. a beginning [company, group, team]
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. begin to [see, understand]
  2. begin to feel [threatened, depressed, joy]
  3. I'm beginning to get [annoyed, anxious, tired]
  4. began to [wonder, think, cry]
  5. begin to make [amends, a difference, progress]
  6. began [crying, walking, playing]
  7. begin working [on, at]
  8. begin at [noon, 3:00, sunrise]
  9. begin in [December]
  10. begin on [Monday]
  11. begin by [saying, looking, asking, considering]
  12. (let me) begin by [saying, thanking]
  13. don't know where to begin
  14. [ready, scheduled] to begin
  15. before we (can) begin
  16. a new [day, chapter] begins
  17. the [movie, story, book] begins with
  18. begins with [a vowel, a consonant, an "S"]
  19. [a word, something] beginning with ["G", a vowel]
  20. [the title, her surname, it] begins with [a vowel]
  21. begin [development, work] on
  22. [work] has begun (on)
  23. begin a [discussion, investigation]
  24. begin your [career, research, studies]
  25. begin something new
  26. life begins at 40
  27. it's beginning to look [like, a lot like, as though]
  28. begin (all over) again
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