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What's a good grammatical opposite for the auxiliary usage of the verb 始める, meaning that you're describing the beginning of a verb?

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    Are you talking about 〜終わる・終える? Otherwise I'm not sure what you're asking. – istrasci Mar 27 '17 at 20:43
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The antonym of to begin is to end. As a matter of fact the antonym of 始める is 終{お}わる. It does work the same way as 始める.

Example:

 本を読み始める (start reading a book) -- 本を読み終わる (finish reading a book)

Note: You can also use 終{お}える in place of 終わる.

  • Cool, thx! Gonna accept when SE let's me. ;) – Tirous Mar 27 '17 at 20:47

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