I hate to say this but there really is no difference.Originally Posted by Criss
It's like another topic someone posted about using "can" and "may" for questions or permission. There may have been rules surrounding the use of begin and start but those rules no longer seem to be in effect.
Sometimes sentences just sound better using begin or start. You can use the gerund or the infinitive of a verb with either word.
start to work
begin to work
They all make sense. Keep in mind that with words like this (work and play are also common ones) you sometimes have to interperse the gerund of the verb and one of its many conjugated forms.
You can start reading a book from the beginning. You can begin to do a task from start to finish. The point at which you begin to run a race is its starting point. The time at which you start eating is the same time at which you begin eating.
I hope this helps you. :(