Start Vs Begin


New Member
Hi all!
I would like to know if I can say "start moving" or "begin to move".
Are they both correct? or none? Is there any specific rule to use start instead of begin???
Thanks a lot! :)
  • estudiante2102

    They are both correct, and either could be used in the majority of situtations.

    However, "start moving" is in command form, where as "begin to move" is an action. Therefore, you could use 'start moving' in a sentence with a command, such as:

    "You must start moving now."

    'Begin to move' is NOT a command. For example,

    "I told Johnny that if he doesn't begin to move in gym class, the teacher will be very angry."

    I hope this helps. Sorry if it's a little confusing!



    New Member
    I think I got it, but I still have one question:not talking about "moving" but in general: does a sentence have the same meaning if I use start or begin? or does it depend of the action that I´m talking about?
    For example:
    I´m going to begin right now because I won´t have much time later.
    I´m going to start right now beacuse.....
    I´m going to initiate right now because...

    are all of them correct?
    Thanks a lot!!! :)


    Senior Member
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Here are some personal impressions.

    Start is a very immediate and short process.

    Begin may be more drawn out.

    Initiate is even more drawn out and refers more to the process of beginning and starting.

    You can usually swap begin and start without causing too much pain.
    You cannot always swap initiate for either.

    If you start a race you are an official.
    If you begin a race you are a competitor.
    If you initiate a race you are a progenitor.