Start off well/badly

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

Does "start off" meaning "to start or cause (something) to start in a specified way" + "well/badly" sound natural/correct in the examples I created below?

a. I want to start off the year well. That's why I'm here thinking about the best things to do then.
b. Joe started off the year badly. But I'm sure he will work things out in time. He always does.

Thank you in advance!
  • Xavier da Silva

    Senior Member
    Thank you very much.

    So it's fine to say simply "start the year well/badly" - without "off". Question: Could I extend this usage to "career", "championship", etc., as in "(A) "Start your career well" or " (B) The team started the championship badly by losing its first game" ?

    Thank you in advance!


    Senior Member
    English - England

    Start off would be used more in a situation, for example, where someone was giving a speech and said: I'd like to start off by thanking……
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