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Grammar detail: verb stem + はじめる

verb stem + はじめる - begin to do
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verb stem
+
はじめる
means 'begin to do (something)'. For example:
いろ
わり
はじ
めた

The leaves have begun to turn.
おてら
なか
あるきはじめました
They began walking through the temple grounds.
Although はじめる (to begin) on its own would be written using kanji (typically either 始める or 初める depending on the context), when used as a compound verb in this way it is typically written with hiragana.
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Kanji used in this grammar

シ   はじめる to begin, to start (something)   はじまる to begin, to commence   
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ショ   はつ    うい-    はじ beginning   -ぞ first doing of   
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ヨウ   leaf   は leaves   
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ショク   シキ   いろ color   
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ヘン   unusual   かえる to alter, change   かわる to change   
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チュウ   ジュウ   なか middle   
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