Begin vs. Start


There is little or no difference between begin and start.

  • It is time to begin/start work.
  • When the sun came out, the snow began/started to melt.
Cases where begin is not possible

Start (but not begin) is used to mean:

a) start a journey

  • We started at six.

b) start working (for machines)

  • At last the car started.

c) make (machines) start

  • How do you start a computer?