Begin or Start


Both words mean the same: to start doing something. Begin is more formal than start.

‘She started / began learning classical music when she was 5.’
‘I don’t think we should wait for the other guests. Let’s begin.’

There are some cases where you use ‘start’ and not ‘begin’.

We start a journey and not begin.

‘He started on his journey early one Monday morning.’

Start working and not begin working

‘The scooter didn’t start.’

The word ‘commence’ carries the same meaning as start or begin, and like begin is formal and used only in certain cases.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s