how to properly express "begin not to do something"

for example:

I begin not to be worried about him
something like: I begin to stop worrying about him

I begin not to love her
something like: I begin to stop loving her

are there any other expressions? thanks


I stopped worrying about him (implies the change of state, not the continuing state).

More colloquially: I gave up worrying about him

More formally: I ceased worrying about him

  • That is not the beginning of the end, but the end itself. "I am ceasing to worry about him" would be the beginning – mplungjan Nov 27 '13 at 15:56
  • +1 but I would use the present participle - giving up or ceasing – bib Nov 27 '13 at 16:42

These are examples of typical ways to express that transition:

  • I am starting to fall out of love with her.
  • I am starting to lose patience with him.
  • I am starting to not worry about him.


  • easing up on my worrying ...
  • letting go of my worrying ...
  • relenting in my worrying ...
  • forgoing my worrying ...
  • tapering off my worrying ...

[Note that the various alternatives have a range (or absence) of associated prepositions.]


Consider desist, which means “To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear” (and also consider forbear, “To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay”). Eg:

After a few days of telling the same story, they desisted.
They desisted in their worry when his temperature receded.

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