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Hello everyone,

Is the following sentence natural?

He began training well.

Regards,

Joseph

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Joseph AIs the following sentence natural?

That depends on what it is supposed to mean. It is possible as a way of saying that the beginning of his training went well. What did you intend for it to mean?

anonymousWhat did you intend for it to mean?

Thanks a lot, anonymous.

I intended for it to mean:

anonymousthe beginning of his training went well.
But I was a bit confusd because of the verb "train". I thought it was only used intransitively and usually for animals. I think you confirmed that my usage of that word was correct and natural. Is that right?
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"Training" is a noun in your sentence. He began his course of exercise and practice well. "He began training well" is a somewhat odd way to put it, and it is not immediately understandable, but it is not wrong. The problem is that the reader wants "training" to be the verb and has to shift gears, especially because "well" looks like the adverb for "training" when it is really for "began".

Joseph AI thought it was only used intransitively and usually for animals.

A glance at a dictionary would have cleared that up for you. Athletes, for example, train for their sport, and they have helpers called trainers to train them.

anonymous"Training" is a noun in your sentence.

Thanks a lot, anonymous.

Is the sentence okay if I change "training" into "to train" as follows?

He began to train well.

Regards,

Joseph