"Ela começa a correr."

Translation:She starts running.

April 8, 2013



"Begins" is not accepted. 18-Mar-2015

March 18, 2015


Why is there an "a" in this sentence? She starts a run? "a correr" is that a noun in this sentence?

April 8, 2013


No. It's a preposition used after começar.

Começar + a + verb:

  • Começarei a estudar francês ano que vem. (I'll start studying french next year)
  • Começamos a trabalhar hoje (we start[ed] working today).
  • Começo (os) meus estudos no fim do ano. (I start my studies by the end of the year)

When you have a noun after começar, the preposition A is not used.

April 8, 2013


This is commonly used in continental Portuguese. Eu estou a estudar = I am studying. Eu estou a falar = I am speaking.

October 21, 2013


She begins to run should be correct as well as she starts running, nao e?

May 31, 2018


It sounds ok...

August 16, 2018
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