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commencer / to begin

Commencer (to begin) is a semi-regular French verb.

Je commence maintenant.I'm beginning now.
Nous commençons à midi pile.We begin at exactly noon.

Take a look at our verb tables for Commencer (to begin) conjugations in all tenses and moods, with sound files.

Lessons with more detail on Commencer (to begin)

Conjugate semi-regular -cer verbs in the present tense in French (Le Présent)
Conjugate semi-regular -cer verbs in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)

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DB2Kwiziq community member

Commencer avec ou commencer par ??

They both mean to start with, but which one is normally used for what situation ? 

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Commencer par -- to begin by.... This is used when one starts with a certain action which is the first of a series of actions.

Commençons par ouvrir nos livres. -- Let's start by opening our books.

Then there is commencer à or commencer de. They mean the same and differ only in register, with commencer de belonging to a slightly higher register of language.

Il a commencé à chanter à l'âge de 7 ans.. -- He started singing at age seven.

Commencer avec is, according to the source below, incorrect.

https://www.lefigaro.fr/langue-francaise/expressions-francaises/2017/11/12/37003-20171112ARTFIG00021-commencer-avec-ne-faites-plus-la-faute.php

Commencer avec ou commencer par ??

They both mean to start with, but which one is normally used for what situation ? 

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