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Autor:  Tiago T.
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Data:  07/NOV/2005 6:01 PM
Assunto:  To start and to begin
 
Mensagem:  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.

Examples:
(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:

http://www.english-test.net/esl/learn/english/grammar/ei006/esl-test.php


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To start and to begin  –  paulo vidal  07/NOV/2005, 11:27 AM
 To start and to begin  –  Tiago T.  07/NOV/2005, 6:01 PM

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