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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > start + gerund or infinitive - what ´s the difference?    

start + gerund or infinitive - what ´s the difference?


start + gerund or infinitive - what ´s the difference?
Hi everyone!
These are the examples from http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/start_1?q=start
[+ -ing verb] They started building the house in January.[+ to infinitive] I d just started to write a letter when the phone rang..
If there s a "slight" difference, could you tell me which it is? 
Thanks in advance! 
Warm hug Smile

23 Jun 2013      

United States

"started building" (simple past)--action that was completed in the past.
"had just started to write" (past perfect)--action happened before something else in the past

24 Jun 2013