The thief's pursuit began.
Dorobō no tsuiseki ga hajimatta.
thief; burglar; robber; theft
indicates possessive; nominalizes verbs and adjectives; substitutes for "ga" in subordinate phrases; (at sentence-end, falling tone) indicates a confident conclusion; (at sentence-end) indicates emotional emphasis; (at sentence-end, rising tone) indicates question
chase; pursuit; tracking; stalking; following up; tracing
indicates sentence subject (occasionally object); indicates possessive (esp. in literary expressions); but; however; still; and
to begin; to start; to commence; to happen (again); to begin (anew); to date (from); to originate (in)
Readings: デイ、 ナイ、 デ、 ニ、 どろ
Meanings: mud, mire, adhere to, be attached to
Meanings: rod, stick, cane, pole, club, line
Readings: ツイ、 お.う
Meanings: chase, drive away, follow, pursue, meanwhile
Readings: セキ、 あと
Meanings: tracks, mark, print, impression
Readings: シ、 はじ.める、 -はじ.める、 はじ.まる
Meanings: commence, begin