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The verb 'beginnen' in German

Meaning, conjugation, pronunciation and examples of the verb "beginnen" (to begin)

Slave saying:
"Wenn du früher beginnst, wirst du auch früher fertig sein"
"The sooner you begin, the sooner you will finish"

The meaning of "beginnen"

The verb "beginnen" means:

to start, to begin

Wann beginnen Kinder zu sprechen?
When do children start to speak?

Structure: "BEGINNEN" + accusative (what is begun)

Ich beginne den Tag mit einem Kaffee
I start the day with a coffee

Pronunciation: [bəˈɡɪnən]

Differences between "beginnen" and "anfangen"

Both verbs mean "to begin/start" but "anfangen" is used more often, especially in informal conversations.

Grammar of "beginnen"

"beginnen" is a Irregular verb.

Verb3 Person Sing.PräteritumPartizip IIMeaning
beginnenbeginntbegannbegonnento begin

Conjugation of 'beginnen'

Present simple (Präsens Indikativ)

ConjugationMeaning
ich beginneI begin
du beginnstyou begin
er beginnthe begins
wir beginnenwe begin
ihr beginntyou begin
sie beginnenthey begin

Perfect (Perfekt)

ConjugationMeaning
ich habe begonnenI have begun
du hast begonnenyou have begun
er hat begonnenhe has begun
wir haben begonnenwe have begun
ihr habt begonnenyou have begun
sie haben begonnenthey have begun

Simple past (Präteritum)

ConjugationMeaning
ich begannI began
du begannstyou began
er begannhe began
wir begannenwe began
ihr beganntyou began
sie begannenthey began

Subjunctive II (Konjunktiv II)

Conjugation
ich begänne
du begännst
er begänne
wir begännen
ihr begännt
sie begännen

Participle (Partizip)

Partizip IPartizip II
beginnend
(beginning)
begonnen
(begun)

Imperative (Imperativ)

PersonConjugationMeaning
2nd person singular
beginnbegin
2nd person pluralbeginntbegin
Polite formbeginnen Siebegin



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