commencer

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French cumencer, from Vulgar Latin *cominitiō, *cominitiāre, from com- + Late Latin initiāre, present active infinitive of initiō. Compare Catalan començar, Italian cominciare, Portuguese começar, Romansch cumanzar, Spanish comenzar.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

commencer

  1. to begin, commence

Conjugation[edit]

  • This verb is part of a group of -er verbs for which ‘c’ is softened to a ‘ç’ before the vowels ‘a’ and ‘o’.

Middle French[edit]

Verb[edit]

commencer

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to start; to begin

Conjugation[edit]