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    Smile To begin with/First/For a start/In the beginning,

    To begin with/First/For a start/In the beginning, I have no time to have a date with you.



    For me, all of the underlined phrases fit in the above and mean about the same. Your advice? Thanks.


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    Re: To begin with/First/For a start/In the beginning,

    The first three are indicating that this is the first of several points;
    "In the beginning" indicates "initially" - this sentence is not a good use of the phrase.

    The feel of the sentence is aggressive.

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    Smile Re: To begin with/First/For a start/In the beginning,

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The first three are indicating that this is the first of several points;
    "In the beginning" indicates "initially" - this sentence is not a good use of the phrase.

    The feel of the sentence is aggressive.
    Thanks, Anglika.
    Yes, the feel of the sentence is aggressive, but I didn't write it. It's just a sample.

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