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    Commence versus Inaugurate

    Dear teacher would you please help me find the correct choice for the following question?
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    When Thomas Edison invented the first commercially practical incandescent light in 1879, he.........the age of electricity.
    a) inaugurated
    b) commenced
    Last edited by Honore; 18-Jun-2006 at 20:06.


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    Re: Commence versus Inaugurate

    Which one do you believe it is?

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    Re: Commence versus Inaugurate

    Either of them seems to be possible with regard to daily usage but according to Oxford Dictionary, "inaugurate" looks as the formal and correct choice, right?

    P.S. I have found three examples also for "commence" from Google search as follows:

    ...to commence the age of ecological restoration and sustainability.
    http://www.ecologicalinternet.org/

    And it is certainly not an appropriate way to commence the Information Age.
    http://www.mountainman.com.au/old_home.html

    We must announce the end of this calamitous history and commence an age which values human life.
    http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/dec...ds/vol01E.html






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    Re: Commence versus Inaugurate

    Yes. 'Inaugurate' means to bring about the start of something, whereas 'commence' simply means 'start'. Edison brought about the start of the age of electricity - he didn't start it himself.

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    Re: Commence versus Inaugurate

    Thanks so much for the explanation.
    Best regards.

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