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    begin to~, begin ~ing

    Are these two sentences are grammatical and natural?

    1."Gaston's poems began to be published once again in Cuba."
    2."Gaston's poems began being published once again in Cuba."

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    Re: begin to~, begin ~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by Jungjou View Post
    Are these two sentences are grammatical and natural?

    1."Gaston's poems began to be published once again in Cuba."
    2."Gaston's poems began being published once again in Cuba."
    They are grammatical but they are not very natural. Making Gaston's poems the subject of a passive construction after BEGIN seems to suggest that they had some role in this.

    If you are asking whether BEGIN can be followed by both a to- infinitive a nd an -ing form, the answer is yes.

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    Re: begin to~, begin ~ing

    This should sound natural. Does it?

    Once again, they started publishing/to publish Gaston's poems in Cuba.
    Last edited by CarloSsS; 27-May-2012 at 20:55. Reason: typo
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: begin to~, begin ~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    This should sound natural. Does it?

    Once again, they started publishing/to publish Gaston's poems in Cuba.
    'Once again' at the beginning can imply irritation.

    I think more natural would be, "They have started publishing/to publish Gaston's poems again in Cuba".

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