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    The last meeting

    The last meeting began at 8 AM.

    The last meeting was began at 8 AM.

    Are both the sentences correct and do they convey the same message?

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    Re: The last meeting

    2nd is incorrect. You could say "was started" but never "was began"

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    Re: The last meeting

    Quote Originally Posted by allenman View Post
    2nd is incorrect. You could say "was started" but never "was began"
    Why? Is there any specific rule for this?

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    Re: The last meeting

    I think 'something was begun' is possible, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The last meeting

    "Was began" is trying to be the passive voice, but the simple past tense verb is incorrect. You need the past participle.

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    #6

    Re: The last meeting

    Shouldn't the past participle be "was begun"?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The last meeting

    I think the past participle is 'begun' instead of 'was begun', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The last meeting

    Yes -- "begun".

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