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    at first/in the beginning

    In the beginning/At first, the medicine will make you fell a little tired and drowsy, but after a couple of days you'll begin to notice an improvement in your stomach.

    Is 'at first' and 'in the beginning' interchangable in any context?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: at first/in the beginning

    I think so. I think they have the same meaning.

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    Re: at first/in the beginning

    Hi charlieten

    Yes, they may have the same meaning, but "In the beginning" has, to me personally, some overtones related to the creation of the earth.

    "At first"/"initially" would be fine and would, I believe, be better than "at the start". Of the two, "initially" works best for me.

    Hope this helps
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