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    Question "start to learn" vs "start learning"

    Hi,

    Is it correct to use - 'start to learn' as in
    'When did you start to learn Italian?'

    If it is correct to use, then does it mean
    something different from
    'When did you start learning Italian?'

    Thanks

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    Re: "start to learn" vs "start learning"

    Hi

    I have been start to learn english. Are u ready to learn me a good languages.

    Thanks

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    Re: "start to learn" vs "start learning"

    Hi,

    "When did you start learning Italian?" is a correct construction, while "When did you start to learn Italian?" isn't.

    Pondering Mind.

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    Re: "start to learn" vs "start learning"

    Quote Originally Posted by englishstudent
    Hi,

    Is it correct to use - 'start to learn' as in
    'When did you start to learn Italian?'

    If it is correct to use, then does it mean
    something different from
    'When did you start learning Italian?'

    Thanks
    They're both fine and there's no real difference between them. After progressive forms and with stative verbs like 'understand', we tend to use the infinitive, but there's no difference in meaning really.

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    Thumbs up Re: "start to learn" vs "start learning"

    tdol, thank you for clarifying that. I appreciate it.

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    Re: "start to learn" vs "start learning"

    You're welcome.

    PS- Remember that stop + gerund and stop + infinitive are different.

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    Re: "start to learn" vs "start learning"

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol

    PS- Remember that stop + gerund and stop + infinitive are different.
    Hi tdol,

    I dont quite understand, Would you mind explaining that to me?

    Regards,

    dean

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    Re: "start to learn" vs "start learning"

    I have realised about sth
    I f you have already started doing sth you use ing
    but if you haven't you don't use it
    I dont know if it related with the past xD
    can somebody clarify it?

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    Re: "start to learn" vs "start learning"

    Quote Originally Posted by Carolys
    I have realised about sth
    I f you have already started doing sth you use ing
    but if you haven't you don't use it
    I dont know if it related with the past xD
    can somebody clarify it?
    related to!!

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    Re: "start to learn" vs "start learning"

    Remember that stop + gerund and stop + infinitive are different.
    Here is an example:-
    a) You should stop seeing John because he is a horrible man.
    b) Will you stop to see John on the way home?

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