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私たちは自然の流れとは別の生活リズムをもち始め、次第に自然との調和を失い始めたのです。 I searched but couldn't find an answer.

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  • That would be the masu-stem form of 持つ. Commented Mar 19, 2023 at 15:42
  • Thank you for your response, but may I ask you one more question?What does "持ち" mean in this sentence? Is this a "Nを+もって" grammar pattern?
    – Caroline
    Commented Mar 20, 2023 at 1:59
  • Not sure what you mean by "Nを+もって as a grammar pattern". Hopefully naruto's answer clarifies things for you. Commented Mar 20, 2023 at 8:28
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    @user3856370 I imagine the OP was asking if this is a variation of the grammatical expression which can be written を以って, meaning "by means of." As pointed out in the answer, it's just a mundane use of 持つ.
    – Leebo
    Commented Mar 20, 2023 at 8:32
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    That's exactly what I wanted to ask. I'll practice asking more specific questions. Thank you both
    – Caroline
    Commented Mar 20, 2023 at 12:09

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It's the masu-stem of the verb 持つ ("to have"), followed by 始める meaning "to start to ~". This is one of the most basic usages of 持つ, and there is nothing tricky.

私たちは自然の流れとは別の生活リズムを持ち【もち】始め
We started to have a different rhythm of life that is different from the flow of the nature, ...

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  • I got it. Thank you so much!!!
    – Caroline
    Commented Mar 20, 2023 at 12:14

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