Example sentences of "be only [adv] begin [to-vb] " in BNC.

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31 All remembered and periodically still experienced the vicious attacks on them which the Communists were only just beginning to abandon .
32 There was a red car waiting outside the farmhouse when she reached it ; the car 's wheels had cut deep tracks through the long grass , tracks that were only just beginning to fade as the plains wind breathed across them .
33 He grew his first ones as a young child in 1936 and modestly claims he 's only just beginning to get the hang of it now .
34 This aspect of evaluation is only just beginning to receive the attention it deserves .
35 These have to be the finest among American concertos : the Barber is standard repertoire now , but Serenade ( after Plato , ‘ in praise of love ’ ) is only just beginning to emerge as one of Bernstein 's highly select group of masterpieces — about time too .
36 Even Xerox 's Ventura , which is the closest thing yet to TechDoc in a desktop publishing package , is only just beginning to tackle the problem of networking .
37 However , to say this to a country which is only just beginning to enjoy the benefits of industrialisation is not easy .
38 The debate is a profound one and it is only just beginning to reach out to a wider audience .
39 FA Cup Final fever may be dissipating but excitement is only just beginning to mount over plans for a croquet centre of excellence .
40 Trowark style is large , enveloping and extremely cosy with an almost indestructible quality — one five-year-old jumper seen by The Independent is only just beginning to look ‘ broken in ’ after years of frequent machine washing and hard wear .
41 The birch tree outside is only just beginning to look green , but at least it is , I suppose .
42 The retreat movement is only just beginning to establish itself north of the Border and I feel strongly that a quiet space can be of real benefit in today 's hectic and stressful lifestyle . ’ ‘
43 This aspect of his practice is only just beginning to change , but he intends to persevere with it , spurred on by the personal satisfaction he has derived from ‘ seeing them do their maths ’ .
44 They have weathered every kind of financial storm over the centuries and have skills which the public sector is only just beginning to learn .
45 The UK produces more sulphur dioxide , the main cause of acid rain , than any other EC member , but is only now beginning to install pollution-control devices to power stations .
46 Statistically , half of them are women , and that third of the world 's population is only now beginning to feel that they have a say in the running of their lives .
47 They seem to creep up on us gradually for reasons that medical science is only now beginning to understand .
48 At this time West German rearmament was only just beginning to gather momentum .
49 But , in Britain , it was election year , and , in America , President Johnson was only just beginning to grasp the reins of power after Kennedy 's assassination , and so little political progress was made .
50 We did find time for some work at Orkney which even produced a few seizures , but we were a little early for the oil traffic which was only just beginning to affect the island .
51 Under her left breast , whose pale skin was only just beginning to give up its bloom to death , was a tiny , dark-red blob , no bigger than a sand flea .
52 But someone like Vera Brittain was only just beginning to explore the problem of ‘ how a married woman without being inordinately rich , can have children and yet maintain her intellectual and spiritual independence ’ in the years following World War I. The small number of married women who pursued an active public life between the wars continued to assume that home and family were part of their natural responsibilities and solved the problem — as women with as diverse political views as Brittain and Violet Markham recognised — through the employment of domestic servants .
53 At that time , Mary 's mother had a strange , possessive relationship with another woman ; an affair which young Mary was only just beginning to understand .
54 The steady gaze was only just beginning to show a hint of scorn .
55 My impression of Rangoon in those first days was that it was only just beginning to come to life again , with everyone rather hopeless about the difficulties involved .
56 So I told him things I 'd never told anyone — how much I resented Dad for what he 'd done to Mum , and how Mum had suffered , how painful the whole thing had been , though I was only now beginning to feel it .
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