Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: start (ing)

  1. BrunaBC's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Brazil
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil

    • Join Date: May 2012
    • Posts: 238
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    start (ing)

    Good morning!

    Could you help me understand what is the difference in the sentences below?

    1) I start work at 9.

    2) I start to work at 9.

    3) I start working at 9.

    Thank you.
    Not a teacher.

  2. riquecohen's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil

    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 5,981
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: start (ing)

    All three sentences have pretty much the same meaning.

  3. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: start (ing)

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    All three sentences have pretty much the same meaning.
    I agree. Note that 'work' in #1 functions as a noun, not a bare infinitive.

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 24,988
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: start (ing)

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Good morning!

    Could you help me understand what is the difference in the sentences below?

    1) I start work at 9.

    2) I start to work at 9.

    3) I start working at 9.

    Thank you.
    I am going to give you a very slight difference which I would detect. For me, #1 means that I am due to arrive at my place of work at or just before 9am and that is when I start to get paid (obviously the assumption is that I should actually be doing my job at 9am).

    #2 and #3 only mean that I actually start to do my job, I start "working" at 9am. I might have arrived at 8am and in fact my boss might have started paying me from 8am but I have hovered around the office, drinking coffee and chatting for an hour before finally getting down to some work!

    As a general rule though, most people wouldn't see any difference between them.

Similar Threads

  1. [General] start operation/start operating
    By jiaruchan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-Jun-2010, 17:37
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Oct-2008, 20:44
  3. to start a sentence with ...ing
    By Guida Braun in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Jun-2008, 12:41
  4. what the use of start off when start give the meaning
    By herbiji in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 15-Jan-2006, 16:22
  5. "start + to + verb" and " start + present par
    By zeppy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Dec-2003, 21:37

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •