School Holiday has just began?


is it correct to say the school holiday has just began?

asked Jul 20 '13 at 21:32 ireseh hill New member

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"Begun" is the correct conjugation of the verb "begin" in this example. As a general rule of thumb, if you have any variation of the verb "have" in your sentence, "begin" is conjugated into past participle tense and becomes "begun". "Began" is past tense, and is not used with the word "have".


For example:


I began writing my book.


I have begun writing my book.


She began lecturing me.


She has begun lecturing me.

link comment answered Jul 20 '13 at 22:08 Alex Gebethner New member

Agreed. You are constructing the present perfect tense here, and all perfect tenses use the past participle with a helping verb. For example, has/have/had in perfect constructions require 'begun'. Participles can never take subjects with a helping verb. It is common to hear the present or past perfect constructions with the past simple tense in American usage. Not sure if it irks Americans as much as it does the rest of us.

link comment answered Jul 23 '13 at 04:06 Ahmad Barnard Expert

Aside from the verb error, in England we would say the school holidays have just begun.  One day off would be in the singular, otherwise we use the plural.

link comment answered Jul 24 '13 at 15:42 Caroline Wiggins New member

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