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  1. Newbie
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    • Join Date: Jul 2007
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    difference between "start to do" and "start doing"

    Can someone please tell me the difference between "start to do" and "start doing", under what circumstances do you use them respectively?

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

    • Join Date: Sep 2003
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    Re: difference between "start to do" and "start doing"

    From start. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993

    start (v.)

    This weak verb can be combined with either a gerund or to plus an infinitive: He started speaking and He started to speak mean the same.
    Note, though, that for some native speakers there is a difference between start to do and start doing:

    Start to do <hasn't started yet or is in preparation>
    Ex:I'll start to do that tomorrow.
    Start doing <has started already or is already prepared and ready to start>
    Ex: I'll start doing that tomorrow.
    Last edited by Casiopea; 03-Aug-2007 at 11:25.


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