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    I was beginning to think

    Can I ask native speakers of English to tell me the difference between these two:
    1. I was beginning to think.
    2. I began thinking.

    Thank you.

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    Re: I was beginning to think

    Sorry for the intrusion here.

    I am neither a native speaker nor an English teacher but I just want to put across my thought here banking on the confidence that native speakers will follow my post correcting me if necessary:D

    I was beginning to think --- is in past continuous tense and that the thinking process is about to start

    I began thinking -- is in past test and that the thinking process has already started.

    please correct me if am wrong.

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    Re: I was beginning to think

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Sorry for the intrusion here.

    I am neither a native speaker nor an English teacher but I just want to put across my thought here banking on the confidence that native speakers will follow my post correcting me if necessary:D

    I was beginning to think --- is in past continuous tense and that the thinking process is about to start No, the thinking process had already started.
    At that time I was beginning to think about moving to Belgium.

    I began thinking -- is in past test and that the thinking process has already started. yes
    At that time I began thinking about moving to Belgium.
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    Re: I was beginning to think

    Isn't begin the same verb as start?
    We say "I started thinking", not "I started to think". Am I wrong?

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    Re: I was beginning to think

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Isn't begin the same verb as start?
    We say "I started thinking", not "I started to think". Am I wrong?
    No, there are differences between these verbs. For example, you can start a car, but you don't begin a car.
    However, in this case, "starting to think" means exactly the same as "beginning to think".

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    Re: I was beginning to think

    How about "start to think" and "start thinking"? Any comments on these?
    Last edited by banderas; 07-Sep-2008 at 11:40.

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    Re: I was beginning to think

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    How about "start to think" and "start thinking"? Any comments on these?
    They mean the same thing.

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    Re: I was beginning to think

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    How about "start to think" and "start thinking"? Any comments on these?
    This difference looks like a kind of "I like playing football... and I would like to play football." The first one has already been done but the second one has not been, you mean to do it.

    However, in your own instance, start to think and start thinking seem so closer so that it could be correct to write either.


    Not a teacher though

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    Re: I was beginning to think

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    They mean the same thing.
    Can you think of any context that these are applied differently or just differ?

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    Re: I was beginning to think

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Can you think of any context that these are applied differently or just differ?
    Er ... well, since you asked, if you needed a rhyme for "When I start to drink", you'd use "I start to think".
    There might be similar stylistic reasons for preferring one to the other.
    Nothing important that I can think of.

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