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Starting (Start or begin?) #1 (permalink) Wed Sep 03, 2008 17:39 pm   Starting (Start or begin?)
 

Hi,

Do you sometimes start a task and then wish you hadn't?

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starting #2 (permalink) Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:50 am   starting
 

Alan, what is it you want from us regarding this thread?
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Have you ever started a thread and then wished you hadn't, Alan?
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starting #4 (permalink) Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:36 am   starting
 

But what's the thread about, Mr M? Is it meant to get us to read Alan's article on start and begin?
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starting #5 (permalink) Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:14 am   starting
 

I reckon that Alan wanted to urge learners to read the article.
I think it is a very wholesome thing to brush up on the difference between the two verbs.
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starting #6 (permalink) Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:17 am   starting
 

I agree, but is it OK to feed back on the article or not?
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starting #7 (permalink) Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:19 am   starting
 

Hi LS,

Many thanks for your comments. Positive ones are always welcome!

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starting #8 (permalink) Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:24 am   starting
 

How about ones which intend to explore your thoughts on those words?
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starting #9 (permalink) Thu Sep 04, 2008 19:09 pm   starting
 

Why not change your strategy for once, Molly. Stop asking provocative questions and deliver input. This is the 'English Vocabulary, Grammar and Idioms' section, and people here want to learn more about the English language. Help, don't distract.
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starting #10 (permalink) Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:51 am   starting
 

I personally liked the article and I do think it's helpful. Thank you, Alan. The problem for Russian speakers is that in Russian we have just one word to express the idea. So it's good to hear about the differences. Makes my life easier :)
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Dougts about start and begin #11 (permalink) Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:35 am   Dougts about start and begin
 

Hi Torsten,

As you suggest me I listened and read the story about start and begin, It is very interesting and I tried to understand it because I want to undertand about this subject but I confess to you that this is a little complicated, I realized that we use "start" everytime that something is dome for the first time, and "begin" when we want to say that something is being created. Is it true?

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Starting #12 (permalink) Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:39 am   Starting
 

Hi Matias,

I think you have made an interesting point about the difference in the use of 'start' and 'begin'. The other point is that 'start' has a sense of urgency in its use. 'Begin' has the sense of doing something for the first time but without that idea of being sudden. Perhaps I can illustrate this with these two sentences:

Without any warning the madman picked up the gun and started firing/started to fire it in all directions.

If you listen every day to a language you are learning, you begin to understand more and more.

Hope that helps a little,

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Thanks #13 (permalink) Sun Oct 26, 2008 16:06 pm   Thanks
 

Alan,

Thanks for your tip.

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Starting #14 (permalink) Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:22 am   Starting
 

Hi!

I heard the article on Begin/Start.It was great.This teaching method involves learners learning better a subject they have already read about.

Many thanks,

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Starting #15 (permalink) Tue Jan 13, 2009 20:11 pm   Starting
 

Hi Torsten.I can't make any difference between start and begin and end and finish.I read the both article again and again , but I can't understand anything!It's terrible!
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