LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||07/NOV/2005 6:01 PM|
|Assunto:||To start and to begin|
The verbs to start and to begin
are very similar in meaning and usage. Both can be followed by either a
gerund verb or an infinitive verb with no change in meaning. However,
it is not common to use a gerund verb after the forms starting and beginning.
Some differences between to start and to begin:
(1) Start is more common in spoken English.
(2) Begin is more used to describe a series of events.
(3) Start (but not begin) can have the following meanings: to start a journey, to start something happening, to start a machine working.
(2) The story began in 1995. [Begin is more common in this case.]
(3) The car won't start! / We need to find out who started the fire. [Begin cannot be used in these cases.]
[Based on the explanation from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.]
You could try to do the exercises below to see if you got it:
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