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    My wife talking to the gardner vs talking to my son

    Please start with/on the dishes today.

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    Please start with/on the Math problems and we'll work on your English essay later.

    Please choose the correct prepositions for me.

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    Re: My wife talking to the gardner vs talking to my son

    They're both OK. If it's clear that another action is to follow, I'd use 'with'.

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    Re: My wife talking to the gardner vs talking to my son

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Please start with/on the dishes today.

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    Please start with/on the Math problems and we'll work on your English essay later.

    Please choose the correct prepositions for me.

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    I'm intrigued. Is the gardener going to do the dishes or the Math problems? He wouldn't seem to be particularly qualified to do either, but one never knows.

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    Re: My wife talking to the gardner vs talking to my son

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'm intrigued. Is the gardener going to do the dishes or the Math problems? He wouldn't seem to be particularly qualified to do either, but one never knows.
    I'm sorry, I should change the title to: My wife talking to the helper vs talking to our son. Good catch my friend.

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    Re: My wife talking to the gardner vs talking to my son

    "Start with the dishes" = do the dishes first.
    "Start on the dishes" = begin the task of washing the dishes (perhaps it is so monumental that it will require several days.)

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    #6

    Re: My wife talking to the gardner vs talking to my son

    I was going to make essentially the same comment as Dave, except for the math problems.
    Start with the math problems - do those first
    Start on the math problems - I don't think you'll be able to finish them
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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