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    start to, start

    1. When did it start raining? > It started raining an hour ago
    2. We had been playing tennis for about half an hour when it started to rain hard

    Why don't we write started raining?(#2)
    We must write "started to"?(#2)

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    Re: start to, start

    Both would be fine.

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    Re: start to, start

    I would use "started raining" in #2. The original is perfectly correct so it's just personal choice, but I would say "We'd been playing tennis for half an hour when it started raining".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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