"A sound start" vs. "A sound beginning"?
English speaking friends: Which of the following expressions, meaning "a good first step to take", is more correct: "a sound start" or "a sound beginning"?
- bluebellbkkLv 73 weeks ago
They are both correct. Which you choose is a matter of style and personal choice.
- busterwasmycatLv 73 weeks ago
you could say either and it would not matter. It is no different than saying either a good start, or a good beginning. Which you would choose would depend more on whether you want to emphasize the starting aspect, or the entering into a larger process as a beginning. The net idea is basically the same.
that is, start typically means commencement, the punctual beginning. Beginning often is used to mean the earlier stages of a larger process rather than the immediate time of commencement. The start of a race would be the moment of the gun, but the beginning of the race could mean the first several yards, or for a long race like a marathon, even the first few miles or kilometers.
- AmarettaLv 73 weeks ago
Neither phrase is commonly used, but "a sound beginning" sounds better.Source(s): Native English speaker
- GypsyfishLv 73 weeks ago
I don't know anyone who would say either. A conclusion can be "sound". A beginning is a "good first step" or a good start.