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Alhashash

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Arabic
Hi everyone,
I am wondering if the following sentences have the same meaning:

at the start of the year investors described the threat of an oil price spike.
at the starting of the year investors described the threat of an oil price spike.

which is the most correct usage: start or starting

any help be appreciated
thanks,
 
  • EStjarn

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Hi Alhashash,

    To me, the correct phrase is 'at the start of the year'. I see 'starting' as an adjective: 'a starting point'.

    (Google Books shows only seven hits for "at the starting of the year" - and about two million hits for "at the start of the year.")
     
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