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start or begin #1 (permalink) Mon Oct 29, 2012 22:27 pm   start or begin
 

I read about difference between start and begin, but still I dont understand enough...

Are there some phrases or exampleses to easier to understand?

Other experiences?

What about finish and end?
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start or begin #2 (permalink) Mon Oct 29, 2012 23:04 pm   start or begin
 

«Begin» has a sense of leisure and
«start» has the idea of urgency.

They both obviously indicate the idea of commencing

Ref: http://www.english-test.net/articles/24/index.html
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start or begin #3 (permalink) Mon Oct 29, 2012 23:41 pm   start or begin
 

Oohh, I read that, but I hope that someone tell me more... because I dont understand quite well. I mean the way of figure out difference between start and begin?

Thanks, anyway...
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start or begin #4 (permalink) Tue Oct 30, 2012 0:07 am   start or begin
 

I really think in almost all cases they are completely synonymous. For what it is worth, to me "begin" has a more formal and polite connotation. This site has a few exceptions though: http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/azar/grammar_ex/message_board/archive/

However, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Houghton Mifflin, 1996) notes that only start, not begin, can imply setting out from a specific point, frequently following inaction, as in sentence (g) below:

(g) Stand here and visit with me for a few minutes until the train starts.

The same source notes that begin often means to take the first step in performing or to come into being.

Michael Swan (Practical English Usage, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 1995) lists these instances in which start, but NOT begin, is used:

“1. start a journey:

I think we ought to start at six, while the roads are empty.

2. start working (for machines):

The car won’t start.

3. make (machines) start:

How do you start the washing machine?”
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start or begin #5 (permalink) Tue Oct 30, 2012 0:23 am   start or begin
 

Thanks,
May I ask something?
What is happening with uragan Sandy?
I have some friend in the New York....and I am worry
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start or begin #6 (permalink) Tue Oct 30, 2012 0:30 am   start or begin
 

Sorry, I am 1000 miles away from Sandy. From my experience though, I think the media is blowing everything out of proportion and everything will work out fine - maybe no electricity and no subway for a couple days, but everything will work out ok.
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start or begin #7 (permalink) Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:04 am   start or begin
 

Oh, I know that is far away from you... But I mean that you are more informing than me...
It is seems a big disaster....
Sorry...
Lets start to learning English again...
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start or begin #8 (permalink) Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:24 pm   start or begin
 

correct sentence:
I won a lot of money by betting on that horse but it was simply a case of beginner's luck.

Correct answer: (c) beginner's

Your answer was: incorrect
your sentence:
I won a lot of money by betting on that horse but it was simply a case of starter's luck.

I was wrong again
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