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    Hi everybody,
    Who can explain the difference between these two verbs
    ' TO BEGIN ' and ' COMMENCE '
    Thanks
    Kukidog.

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    Re: Who can explain the difference between these two verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by kukidog View Post
    Hi everybody,
    Who can explain the difference between these two verbs
    ' TO BEGIN ' and ' COMMENCE '
    Thanks
    Kukidog.
    Hello,

    I am not a teacher, just a French guy, but for me there is no difference between the both words.

    Have a nice day.

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    Re: Who can explain the difference between these two verbs

    Здравствуйте
    I agree. Sometimes 'commence' means to promote to a scientific degree.
    Желаю добра!

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    Re: Who can explain the difference between these two verbs

    There are many differences. Here's is just one. You would begin TO READ but commence READING a book.

    There are other differences relating to colocations and the level of formality.

    I could not imaging someone saying "Lets commence at the beginning", as that seems to ring alarm bells.

    Does this begin to make sense? I hope it does not "commence to make sense?"

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    Also note that you should not say "Between the both ..." - You can say "Between either of them" or here "There is no difference between them" - (Although is a lot of difference between them and there are lots of differences between them)

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