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Learn English: Start or begin?

Starting the race
Starting the race.

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The verbs 'start' and 'begin' may have the same meaning but there are some exceptions in terms of their usage. Read on to learn the differences.

The verbs 'start’ and ‘begin’ have the same meaning.

You can say:

"Let's start the race."

"Let's begin the race."

However, when we talk about getting a machine started, we use 'start' and not 'begin'.

"Can you start the car?" (correct)

"Can we begin the car?" (wrong)

"The gardener started the lawnmower." (correct)

"The gardener began the lawnmower." (wrong)

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