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    begin / are beginning

    Is the sentence below correct and natural? One of my friends insisted that we should replace "begin" with "are beginning." Thank you.

    "Nowadays more and more women begin to smoke. "

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    Re: begin / are beginning

    IMO, it sounds better in the continuous, to stress "more and more" as a gradual and ongoing process.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: begin / are beginning

    These days, more and more women are taking up smoking.
    These days, more and more women are starting to smoke.

    "Beginning to smoke" sounds as if smoke is emanating from their bodies! With smoking, we generally refer to people "starting/taking up" and "stopping/giving up".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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