Gan

Gan

(?), imp. of Gin. [See Gin, v.] Began; commenced.
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Gan was formerly used with the infinitive to form compound imperfects, as did is now employed. Gan regularly denotes the singular; the plural is usually denoted by gunne or gonne.
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This man gan fall (i.e., fell) in great suspicion.
Chaucer.
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The little coines to their play gunne hie (i. e., hied).
Chaucer.
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Later writers use gan both for singular and plural.
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Yet at her speech their rages gan relent.
Spenser.
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