Site Feedback

Resolved questions
what different has “begin” and “start”?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Other



    Please enter between 2 and 2000 characters.



    Sort by:

    Best Answer - Chosen by Voting
    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'.

    Submit your answer

    Please enter between 2 and 2000 characters.

    If you copy this answer from another italki answer page, please state the URL of where you got your answer from.