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what different has “begin” and “start”?

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    If I am talking about doing some normal action, start and begin are synonyms, there is no difference.
    "I began/started doing the housework."
    "I began/started my studies two years ago."

    However, I would start a car, motor or any machine. I would not begin them.
    Also, I would tend to use 'start' if something went from stop to going very fast.
    "The runners started at the gun." - 'Begin' would not be used here.

    They have the same meaning, no difference in usage. 'Start' is slighty more common then 'begin'.

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