JLPT N4 Grammar (hajimeru)


to start; to begin to ~

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Verb ます (stem form)はじめる
hajimeru 始める はじめる jlpt n4 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: 【はじめる】 (hajimeru). Meaning: to start; to begin to ~.

This is used to express when something is starting or has just begun. It can be freely conjugated to use in current, future, and past tense.

  • はじめる to start
    • examples 1~3
  • はじめた started to (past)
    • examples 4~7
  • はじめて started to (current)
    • examples 8~10

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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

tabe hajimeru.
to begin eating.
Example #2

ame ga furi hajimeta.
It started to rain.
Example #3

itsu sore o yari hajimeru no?
When are you starting that?
Example #4

kesa, ha ga itaku nari hajimeta.
My tooth started hurting this morning.
Example #5

watashi wa mada hashiri hajimete inai.
I still haven't started running.
Example #6

watashi wa mada yuushoku o tsukuri hajimete inai.
I still haven't started cooking dinner.
Example #7

kono joukyou wa kawari hajimete iru.
This situation is starting to change.
Example #8

watashi wa kotoshi kara hataraki hajimeta bakari desu.
I just started working from this year.
Example #9

watashi wa futatabi saikuringu o yari hajimeta.
I started cycling again.
Example #10

ittan hanashi hajimeru to, kanojo o tomeru koto wa dekinai.
Once she starts talking, there's no stopping her.

Vocabulary List

食べるたべるto eat
話すはなすto speak
彼女かのじょshe; her
止めるとめるto stop
出来るできるto be able to
雨が降るあめがふるto rain
今朝けさthis morning
痛いいたいhurt; pain
再びふたたびonce again
今年ことしthis year
働くはたらくto work
走るはしるto run
作るつくるto make
状況じょうきょうsituation; circumstances
変わるかわるto change

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