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    #1

    The train starts vs leaves

    " The train to D.C. leaves every hour"

    OR

    "The train to D.C. starts every hour"

    Which one is more common?

    " The train left 5 minutes ago."

    OR

    "The train went 5 minutes ago."

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    #2

    Re: The train starts vs leaves

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    " The train to D.C. leaves every hour"

    OR

    "The train to D.C. starts every hour"

    Which one is more common?

    " The train left 5 minutes ago."

    OR

    "The train went 5 minutes ago."
    "The train left 5 minutes ago."
    "The train went 5 minutes ago." Both of these would be common in BrE.

    "The train to D.C. leaves every hour" I would say this.
    "The train to D.C. starts every hour" I suppose you might say this if the train started from that station (it hadn't arrived from somewhere else).

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    Re: The train starts vs leaves

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "The train left 5 minutes ago."
    "The train went 5 minutes ago." Both of these would be common in BrE.

    "The train to D.C. leaves every hour" I would say this.
    "The train to D.C. starts every hour" I suppose you might say this if the train started from that station (it hadn't arrived from somewhere else).
    So "The train to D.C. starts every hour" would sound a bit unnaturally?

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    Re: The train starts vs leaves

    Yes, very unnatural. Especially since, unless you are at the end of the line, the trains do not "start" at the station where you are. The trains arrive and depart.

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    Re: The train starts vs leaves

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, very unnatural. Especially since, unless you are at the end of the line, the trains do not "start" at the station where you are. The trains arrive and depart.
    Thanks!

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