begun decades ago

SuprunP

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Ukrainian & Russian
He says that to this day he won’t go to bed until he’s learned something new that’s of value. As a result he’s constantly stimulating his mind, and a great deal of his passion and love for learning has come from this question, asked repeatedly, begun decades ago.
(Awaken The Giant Within; T. Robbins)

Would you be so kind as to tell me how this sounds to you and whether you would put it the same way?

Thanks.
 
  • sound shift

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    English - England
    I would not put it the same way. The extract implies that a question (the question: "Leo, what have you learned today?") "began" decades ago, but this is a strange way of saying that the question was first asked decades ago.
     

    VicNicSor

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    Russian
    I would not put it the same way. The extract implies that a question (the question: "Leo, what have you learned today?") "began" decades ago, but this is a strange way of saying that the question was first asked decades ago.
    But it's used transitively here, right?
    This question (which has been) asked repeatedly (and which has been) begun decades ago.
     
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    RM1(SS)

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    English - US (Midwest)
    It should be "... asked repeatedly, beginning decades ago."

    It's the asking, not the question, that began decades ago.
     
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