can't begin to

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - can't begin to

"can't begin to"

an expression used to signal that what is about to be expressed is so big that it is very difficult to express


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - can't begin to

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your trip?

Friend 2:  It was awesome, thank you.  And thank you for looking after my dog while I was away.  I can't begin to tell you how very grateful I am.

Friend 1:  No problem.  It was fun.

Friend 2:  In fact, I am so grateful that I brought you a one-liter bottle of rum.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - can't begin to

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I hear you participated in an Iron Man Triathlon?

Friend 2:  I did the Triathlon last month in Hawaii.

Friend 1:  It must have been difficult.

Friend 2:  You know even with one year of training, I can't begin to express how really hard it was just to finish the race.


can't begin to - Usage:


Usage Frequency Index:   727   click for frequency by country

can't begin to - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for can't begin to.

can't begin to - Examples:

1)  I can't begin to thank you for your efforts,.. and diligent efforts in helping all of ...

2)  ... could have written myself (with the exception of the dying fear). I can't begin to imagine how that must feel!

3)  I can't begin to tell you the money I've been spending a week on sushi!

4)  ... he is a unique genius. I can't begin to express in words what his work and his life meant to me.

5)  I was so bad I can't begin to explain!

6)  I can't begin to describe how terrible this company is.

7)  Love this song -- it moves me. Baz Luhrman -- I can't begin to tell you how much this track means to me.

8)  I can't begin to imagine how you feel, and I'm sure you have herd the saying ...

9)  Can't begin to tell you how much you have helped me through my own cancer journey through ...

10)  I can't begin to imagine what tax avoidance must be like. 

11)  I hear of criticism from those who can't begin to or want to fully understand me.

12)  Also I can't begin to express my disgust at the idea of restrictions on the internet.

13)  Thank you Natalie. I can't begin to tell you how helpful you've been.

14)  ... insurance and a whole bag of other things a can't begin to comprehend, the University decided to pull out of the project just before the ...

15)  I can't begin to imagine the suffering you went through Martha and then to be so brave to ...

16)  At present I am at my ideal weight having shed two stone and I can't begin to tell you how great it feels to fit back into my old clothes.

17)  I can't begin to thank you and all of the rest of the Animal Rescuers.

18)  I can't begin to tell you the rich blessing we have received from our brief contact with you ...

19)  I can't begin to think of why anybody will want to follow that.

20)  Words can't begin to describe my feelings for this song