Begin and Start...and the Prepositions We Use With Them

grammar podcast prepositions Apr 24, 2021

I know that prepositions are tricky for a lot of English learners. Today, we’re going to take a look at the prepositions we use with begin and start. First of all, I’d like to mention that begin and start are usually interchangeable. For example you can start the class or begin the class – the meaning is the same. And, there are a number of different prepositions that we can use with begin and start. We will take a look at those first and then we’ll talk about some special cases where we can only use start. Are you ready, let’s check it out.

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or get the transcript for the details.

Remember! The transcript package includes all of the Episodes, including this one.

  • We are going to begin the meeting at 10am, so please make sure you are on time.
  • Because of the snowstorm yesterday, by the time the class started, only half of the students had arrived.
  • I began studying Japanese in 1990.
  • Jack has a lot of experience because he started working for the company over 20 years ago.
  • We had to end the picnic because it began to rain.
  • When the company president started to speak everyone in the room was silent.

  • And now, I’m going to show you how to make linguini carbonara. We begin by boiling the pasta.
  • When you go fishing, once you find a good spot, you can start by putting some bait on your hook.
  • That was a great meal last night. It began with some amazing appetizers.
  • The story starts with watching UFOs fly over New York City.
  • The hiking trail begins at the north entrance to the park.
  • The meeting will start at 10 o’clock sharp.
  • The cars in this lot begin at $25,000.
  • I began working as a musician and a music teacher in the 1980s.
  • My aunt was the human resource director at a major cosmetic company, but she started as a switchboard operator.

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