I have been going down my path for few years. I am still going down and find new things. And now I am telling a story about it and how my path started in the past. What to use?

how my path started?

how my path is started?

how my path has started?

how my path was started?

  • The first one is fine. Commented May 9, 2013 at 6:37
  • Thank you! I was thinking to use second one. But the first one makes sense. It started and that's it.
    – Sasha
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 6:42
  • Simplicity is a virtue. :) Commented May 9, 2013 at 6:44

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None of the above seems to be grammatical in contemporary English. You should probably say:

How did my path start?

  • I only can not see the difference between the first one in my list and the way you suggested.
    – Sasha
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 8:59
  • @Sasha: Yours is wrong. In English you cannot ask a question that way. It might be okay in indirect questions, but that's a totally different thing.
    – Noah
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 15:13
  • Still confused. It is indirect question. I am telling a story about my path on which I find new things. Then I want to bring a reader to the point how my path was/is started. So I put this question not to ask anybody about my path but to tell how it was started. I want to use passive voice in this question. How my path is started? Is that correct?
    – Sasha
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 16:56
  • @Sasha Indirect questions don't end with a question mark. An indirect question might be something like: I wonder how my path started.
    – Noah
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 14:47

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