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    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.
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    All three sentences have pretty much the same meaning.

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    Default 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.

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    Default 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.

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