01. The ceremony will [commence] in 15 minutes.
02. The wedding can't [commence] until the bride's father arrives.
03. My holidays [commence] at the beginning of May.
04. Sales tax will be increased [commencing] next month.
05. She had to get all her stuff ready before the [commencement] of her course.
06. The dancers began to stretch and warm up in readiness for the [commencement] of the dance program.
07. The game of hockey [commences] when the puck, a round flat rubber disc, is dropped at center ice.
08. On April 10, 1912, the Titanic [commenced] her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York.
09. When a crime is reported, the police [commence] the criminal process by investigating what has occurred.
10. The Christian Bible [commences] with a description of the creation of the earth.
11. All students must take a placement test at the [commencement] of the program.
12. Sales taxes in our state will decrease by one percent [commencing] in the new year.
13. A Hebrew proverb advises that if you [commence] a good action, leave it not incomplete.
14. Friedrich Nietzsche once suggested that belief in the truth [commences] with the doubting of all those "truths" we once believed.
15. Hosea Ballou once observed that education [commences] at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.
16. President John Adams once stated, "The Revolution was effected before the War [commenced]. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people."
17. The football game was halted due to snow, but [recommenced] after the field was cleared off.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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