English version

begin (something) as something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbegin (something) as something phrasal verbto be a particular thing at the start of your existence, working life etc Roger began his career as an office boy. begin→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
begin as Jones, a registered nurse, began working as a center volunteer in 1983 and became director of operations in 1989.The daughter of a distinguished Cambridge mathematics tutor, she began work as a Sunday school teacher in the 1850s.Gary, 26, left school with just four CSEs and began working as an engineer.Men of industry and commerce began to emerge as men of some wealth.Melissa's heart began to thump as she peered round to see what was causing the obstruction.My head began to pound as soon as I got there.The former began to subside as the managers progressed through the year; the latter, however, would remain.
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Verb table
begin
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theybegin
he, she, itbegins
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theybegan
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave begun
he, she, ithas begun
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad begun
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill begin
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have begun
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam beginning
he, she, itis beginning
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you, we, theyare beginning
Past
I, he, she, itwas beginning
you, we, theywere beginning
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been beginning
he, she, ithas been beginning
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been beginning
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be beginning
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been beginning
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