2015년 11월 17일 화요일

Dic: begin to (for emphasizing the impossibility)



  • You can't begin to imagine how much that saddens me.
  • he couldn't begin to compete with her.
  • I can't begin to imagine how awful it must have been.
  • Those measures do not even begin to address the problem.

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△ If you say that you cannot ^begin to^ imagine, understand, or explain sth, you are emphasizing that it is almost impossible to explain, understand, or imagine.

△ (used with a negative) to have the least capacity (to do sth)

△ (can't begin to understand/imagine etc) spoken. used to emphasize how difficult something is to understand etc

△ to do accomplish in the least degree.

.... COBUILD, COLLINS, LDOCE, American Heritage



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