start vs. begin

Please choose the most appropriate answer for each sentence.
  • 1
    I ......... my car to make sure it worked about ten minutes before I drove to work.
  • 2
    My car very rarely ......... first time when the weather is really cold.
  • 3
    We ......... off early on the first day of summer so that we could see the sun rise.
  • 4
    I read the ......... of that book but I couldn't possibly read the whole story.
  • 5
    I can't ......... to understand why anyone would want to be cruel to animals.
  • 6
    He ......... off at me again simply because I had forgotten to lock the back door after I came home.
  • 7
    I won a lot of money by betting on that horse but it was simply a case of ......... luck.
  • 8
    As far as I was concerned when the accident happened, it was the ......... of the end.
  • 9
    Who would like to ......... off the debate?
  • 10
    I would greatly appreciate it if you didn't ......... up that old argument again.

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