Listen to the lesson:
Meaning and formality.
Begin and start can both be used with the same meaning.
- She began/started working at the school after graduating university.
- If John doesn’t come soon, let’s begin/start the lesson without him.
Use begin when adopting a more formal style.
- Formal: We will begin the meeting when the manager arrives.
Sometimes using begin is not possible and we have to use start.
- (journey). I think we should start at night, when the roads are clear.
- (working — machines). The generator won’t start.
- (make something start). The bell rang to start the meeting.