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navi

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Which is correct:
1-This biography of Shakespeare begins before Shakespeare was born.
2-This biography of Shakespeare starts before Shakespeare was born.
 
  • maxiogee

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    English
    navi said:
    Which is correct:
    1-This biography of Shakespeare begins before Shakespeare was born.
    2-This biography of Shakespeare starts before Shakespeare was born.
    :D Neither.

    A biography cannot begin/start until the subject is born, then it may go back into their parents' biographies.

    If pushed by a brutish interrogator demanding my pedantic opinion I'd opt for "start", but I'd quibble mightily with "before".
     

    Tatzingo

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    English, UK
    Hi,

    I'm inclined to agree with Maxiogee. It doesn't really make sense to have a biography starting/beginning before that person is born.

    However, if you are asking which word sounds better to a native in that sentence... i'd say begin.

    Tatz.
     
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