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I read the following passage from the instagram account of a trans celebrity describing their romantic life pre/post-transition, and was a bit irked by the use of 'begun' (which is funny, because it meant the pathos of the entire post was lost on me...)

I have not been successful as a lesbian. It’s a new problem for me. Before I transitioned women would somehow gravitate into my life without my having to think about it very much. In the first years of transition men begun to gravitate instead. I sometimes feel like I sacrificed my sexual orientation for my gender.

I get that the sentence is in present-perfect (had begun) but there is no 'had' here, and 'begun' is not functioning as a participle (is begun) - it sounds like an active verb. I thought perhaps 'to gravitate' would be considered the 'helping verb' (without which 'begun' would be 'began'), but 'began to gravitate' sounds fine too. Am I missing something or is it just an error on their part?

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    begun just does not work there/ Began or had begun. of course.
    – Lambie
    Commented May 26, 2022 at 0:23
  • You may think of it as a dialect. In standard English it would be "began." Commented May 26, 2022 at 2:05
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    I think it's just a typo for 'began'. As it's instagram no-one will have proofread or check-read it.
    – BoldBen
    Commented May 26, 2022 at 6:59
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    Try not to let yourself get hung up on small grammatical details in online posts.
    – Barmar
    Commented May 26, 2022 at 21:35
  • People make grammar and spelling errors all the time. Get used to it. Commented May 13, 2023 at 19:55

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Wiktionary notes that "begun" is sometimes used as the simple past of "begin," but it states that this usage is "obsolete or nonstandard."

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