English Vocabulary

to begin or to start

When did he begin playing panpipes?

Or must I say: When did he start playing panpipes?

Is there any difference in the meaning or the good sound of the two verbs?


  • To my mind, Odile, either sentence is correct and usual. You are right to point out that in some cases it's usual to use start and not begin, but in many cases like yours, both verbs fit.

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