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    #1

    Cool start by

    Hello,

    Can we ever use "by" after "to start", please?

    E.g : He started by making bad comments.

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    #2

    Re: start by

    Yes.

    'He started making comments' could be said if making comments was not the first thing he said/did.

    If he started by making comments, then making comments was the first thing he said/did.

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    Cool Re: start by

    Thank you 5.

    Could we also say: he started with making comments. ?

    THank you

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    #4

    Re: start by

    My feeling is 'no'.

    COCA has 62 examples of 'by' followed by verb+ing and none of 'with'.

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    #5

    Re: start by

    Would you agree with this rule?:

    -to start with +noun

    -to start by+verbing


    CHeers 5

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    Re: start by

    You won't go far wrong if you follow that.

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