I am writing a homework assignment and I am trying to write "I had to start bringing my umbrella".

I know that to say "I started eating" it would be 食べはじめる,or to say "I started drinking" it would be 飲み始める。

I have no idea how to start writing "I had to start bringing an umbrella".

This is what I think it is: 傘を連れて行き初めていけない

This would be in the context of: It was raining so much, I had to start bringing an umbrella because I did not want to get wet.

  • you used the wrong kanji for はじめる in this case which would more properly be 始める. 連れて行く is to take a person along with you, not an object; you need 持っていく. Why make a complicated sentence that covers more subject that your original question is asking for? "I started bringing an umbrella" is enough.
    – oldergod
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 1:42

4 Answers 4


If you had to construct the sentence using 〜はじめる, that would be:

I had to start bringing an umbrella.

Since that is quite a mouthful (and not very natural despite its grammatical correctness), some other options:

  • 毎日傘を持っていかなければいけなくなった。
    I had to start bringing an umbrella every day.
  • 毎日傘を持っていくようになった。
    I started to bring an umbrella every day.
  • 毎日傘を持っていく羽目{はめ}になった。
    I ended up having to bring an umbrella every day.
    (This one has a complaining nuance, so is not suitable in some interactions.)
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    +1 For 持っていくようになった. I think that one seems like the most non-permission intensive way to say it. Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 6:09
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    @oldergod Could you explain? How would you translate 持っていくようになった back to English?
    – mirka
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 7:41
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    持っていくようになった for "I started to bring~" is not wrong.
    – chocolate
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 10:06
  • @Shoko you are right.
    – oldergod
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 12:28

In general, I agree with @mirka.

I would also say:



Firstly, note that 連{つ}れて行{い}く is used for living things not inanimate objects. Inanimate objects would use 持{も}って行{い}く. Also note that ~ていけない in this instance is missing either the initial いけない (持{も}っていかなければいけない), however this implies that it is an absolute must that you bring the umbrella with you (not so much being required for rain as you will get in trouble for not having it).

Something simple like 雨が降っていたから、傘を持っていきました (I brought an umbrella because it was raining) should work fine.

  • Cheers @snailboat. I suddenly lost my ability to grammar. Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 2:31

For completeness, I'll mention one other way to say "to start ~".

You can use verb (pre-masu) + 出す.

For example:


He started to run.


It suddenly started raining.

However, I think the usage of this is much more limited than 〜はじめる. See this post where a Japanese person talks about a special nuance of "食べ出す"

Also, since this usage focuses more on the act of starting something at that moment, I don't think you could use it for your umbrella example. The "start" in "start bringing my umbrella" is more about a long term trend.

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