simple past

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Ola
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simple past

Post by Ola » Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:59 pm

I want to ask about the simple past of this sentence : De Industriële Revolutie begon in Engeland.
what about the verb " begon " because in the simple past the verb should end with te/ten de/den .. is it irregular verb and how to conjugate it in the simple present and the simple past

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Re: simple past

Post by Crecker » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:45 am

Hi Ola!

I'm not a native speaker but I'll try to answer you.

Like you said, "beginnen" is an irregular verb (they are called "strong verbs" though). There are 7 classes of strong verbs, "beginnen" belongs to the 3rd class. Its conjugation in present, past and perfect tenses is:

Beginnen Begon/Begonnen Begonnen

You can find the correct conjugation of each verb consulting any dictionaries. As online dictionaries I suggest you Interglot.com and Mijnwoordenboek.nl .

Anyway, I would suggest you to study the classes of strong verbs, it's very useful to know how verbs are conjugated. You can find useful information on this course written by ngonyama, a member of this forum:

https://en.m.wikibooks.org/wiki/Dutch

Enjoy! :)
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