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I have a question.

What would be the difference between "begin to worry" and " begin to be worried"?

Personally I tend to say "I began to worry" instead of "I began to be worried".
I would say "I'm worried" instead of "I worry".

Google search yields 45400 instances of "begin or began to worry" while only 462 hits are found for "begin or began to be worried".

But there are 86800 instances of "she or he worries" and 44300 examples of "she or he is worried".

How am I supposed to account for this for EFL students?

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It's grammatically acceptable but not not quite as natural to say "I began to be worried" as to say "I began to GET worried." You can also say "I began to feel worried."

"Be worried" expresses a static situation. The usual way to describe the transition into the state is with the verb "get."

It would be somewhat unnatural to say "I began to be worried/alarmed/scared/upset" etc. The usual expression is "I began to get worried/alarmed/scared/upset."

Another possibility is to use the verb "worry":

"” I began to worry

In this case the verb expresses the process of worrying.

You can use the verb "worry" in the past or present tense, as in

"” I worried/worry that you weren't/aren't getting enough sleep

...but that refers to a state that is not necessarily in effect at the present moment. For a state that is in effect at the present moment, you need to say "I'm worried."

Marilyn Martin

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