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    #1

    Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    Could you please check my sentence?

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    #2

    Re: Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    It's grammatically acceptable. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's dangerous. It's certainly a bad idea.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Starting studying to revise just two days before the exam was a dangerous silly/careless thing to do.
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    #4

    Re: Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    "Starting studying" is how to say this in American English. We don't have this meaning of the verb "revise".
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    Re: Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    There's a difference (in BrE) between "Starting studying" and "Starting revising". Unlikely though it might be, it's possible to have an exam in two days' time but only start studying for it today. That would mean starting from scratch, having never studied the subject before. Now that would be a really bad idea. Starting revising might actually be good enough for some people. If they've been studying the subject for a couple of years, they might have been soaking up quite a lot of the information as they went along. They might need only a couple of days' revision to be confident of passing the exam.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There's a difference (in BrE) between "Starting studying" and "Starting revising".
    Americans may use the verb "review" in a similar fashion to the BrE "revise", but usually "study" suffices for both meanings.
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    Re: Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    "Revisit" is another word for "revise". I find "starting studying"redundant. It would be better without "starting".

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    #8

    Re: Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    I find "starting studying"redundant. It would be better without "starting".
    It's not redundant. There wouldn't be the same meaning without starting.

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    Re: Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    "Revisit" is another word for "revise".
    No it isn't.
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    #10

    Re: Starting studying just two days before the exam was a dangerous thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    It's not redundant. There wouldn't be the same meaning without starting.
    "Starting studying just two days before the exam is a bad idea" vs "Studying just two days before the exam is a bad idea". How do these sentences have any real difference in meaning besides the two "ing"s sitting pretty next to each other?

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