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    Default begin with or begin from?

    Shipment is to be made in three equal installments, beginning ________ December, 20 ...
    My first thought was to put from in the blank. Then it seems like with is a better option, as least according to the answers table.

    Can people use begin with to take on time, just like begin from?

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    Default Re: begin with or begin from?

    Beginning from- this would be used to indicate the start of a time period, but here you have three separate dates for delivery, not a single time period, so we begin with December 20 -the first delivery date- then...

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    Default Re: begin with or begin from?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    My first thought was to put from in the blank. Then it seems like with is a better option, as least according to the answers table.

    Can people use begin with to take on time, just like begin from?

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    I'd say 'in'. If the first installment ships in December, 2010, that's when shipping of installments begins.
    If you mean 20th December, I'd use "on".

    Shipment is to be made in three equal installments, beginning with that of December, 20 ... ('that' = the shipment or the installment)
    Last edited by Raymott; 02-Jul-2010 at 08:36.

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    Default Re: begin with or begin from?

    Or just leave the blank blank. "Beginning December 20."

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    Default Re: begin with or begin from?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Or just leave the blank blank. "Beginning December 20."
    I agree. It is common nowadays for the preposition to be dropped.
    Just like 'effective from Dec 20' which is written 'effective 20 Dec'.

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