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onsen
Posted: Friday, April 6, 2018 11:16:11 AM
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Hello,

A Google search gives only few hits, that is, two or so as to the two instances "begin writing in such a way" and "start writing in such a way".
Are these collocations strange?
What’s wrong with them?

Thank you
IMcRout
Posted: Friday, April 6, 2018 12:18:42 PM

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To me, using the infinitive (to write) would sound better in this - however small - context.

--> After WWII / his divorce ... he started to write in a completely different style.

But:

--> After breakfast he sat down and started writing.

As usual: I may be wrong.




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thar
Posted: Friday, April 6, 2018 1:04:36 PM

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It is strange because it means you have already specified 'the way' they have started writing.
And how do you describe the way someone writes?
There is not a list of options from which you pick one.

I can't think of many instances when this is an idea you want to express.
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