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Is difference between verbs "to start" and "to begin"?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    In most cases they can be used interchangeably as synonyms with basically no difference. (To my ear, personally, "begin" has a slightly more formal/classy sound to it, however)

    There are just a few cases where you CANNOT interchange them.
    For instance:
    START the (car) engine -- you can't say "begin" the engine

    That's the main exception I can think of off the top of my head.

    There is not much difference in meaning between these words. Start is more frequent in spoken English and in business contexts; begin is more frequent in written English and is often used when you are describing a series of events

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