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What's the difference between "in the beginning", "at the beginning (of)" , "at the outset" and "from the get-go"?
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"In the beginning" is the opening phrase of the Old Testament. Religious believers would probably interpret it as "in the absolute beginning", meaning that nothing existed before. All the phrases are synonymous, although they vary in tone and register. They all implicitly admit that other events are occurring or have occurred, but for that one tiny exception.
Hiya Raymond: "What's the difference between "in the beginning", "at the beginning (of)" , "at the outset" and "from the get-go"?
That was the original question. Can we concentrate on that, please?
Are those phrases correctly used in the following sentences?
1. At/In the beginning of this century a great many Europeans went to live in the USA.
2. He disliked it at / in the beginning.
3. He was not here at the outset/from the get-go of the experiment.
4. I warned you at the outset/from the get-go not to trust him, and you wouldn't listen to me.
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"Snippet" is a new word for me, thanks.
2. There is also "from the beginning" which has a different meaning than "in" or "at".
3. "From the get-go" is much less formal. It is slang really.