Grammar GuideVerbsWhy shouldn't I write 'start to' or 'begin to'?

Why shouldn't I write 'start to' or 'begin to'?

Why shouldn't I write 'start to' or 'begin to'?

Using 'start to' or 'begin to' plus a verb adds unnecessary words to your sentence. Consider deleting or rewriting for clarity.

  • Original: Jake started to throw the apple core in the trash.

  • Rewrite: Jake threw the apple core in the trash.

  • Original: Mary began to see her opinion didn't matter.

  • Rewrite: Mary saw her opinion didn't matter.