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It has begun

Posted: 2018-10-28, 0:39
by violazoli
Hi, my question is, how can I express in passive (grammar/tense) if an act begins right now?

For example: Let us assume that the original (active) sentence is:
I began to write the book about the...
Now, is it okay if I transform it as:
The book about the ... has begun to be written (by me)?
Hm, it sounds no good, isn't it?
Or perhaps:
The book about the ... was begun being written?
It is false, yes? But then...? Please help me!

Re: It has begun

Posted: 2018-10-28, 16:57
by JackFrost
Ok, if an action began in the past and is ongoing in the present, then yes, "has begun to be written" is best way to say it.

Re: It has begun

Posted: 2018-10-29, 1:28
by violazoli
Thank you very much! But I take the liberty to disturb you with another question. Please check, wether or not these sentences are correct ass grammar, and if correct (at all...), then sound good in the common daily conversations?

1. I do not like touch things being not my property.
2. I do not like to touch things being not my property.
3. I don't feel very much like touching things being not my property.

I don't know, after the "like" the "to" is necessary or not, but mainly I ask you about the end of the sentences, the "being not my property". My "language talent" says me that it is good, because this is a complex/composite adjective after all. But it is not excluded that I'm wrong.

Re: It has begun

Posted: 2019-09-17, 5:08
by vijayjohn
None of those sound good to me. I would say, "I don't like touching/to touch things that aren't my property."

Re: It has begun

Posted: 2019-09-17, 6:03
by violazoli
Thank you very much!

Re: It has begun

Posted: 2019-09-27, 1:52
by vijayjohn
No problem! :)