The concert begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 10:00 pm.

Is it OK to say 'The concert begins from 7:00 pm and ends at 10:00 pm' or 'The concert starts from 7:00 pm to/untill 10:00 pm',instead?
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with the implication 'starts at 7pm or just after'.

Do you mean 'start from' implies continuity? When you say 'The party starts from 7:00 pm', does it mean something like 'The party starts at 7:00 pm and it goes on, so you can join us anytime after that time'?
Yes, sorry, that was what I meant; 'just after' wasn't quite right. You may not want people to feel that they have to turn up at a particular time. It has a rolling start.

Cheesy dialogue:

"When does the party start?"

"Whenever you get there..."

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And what about the verb 'begin'? Is it possible to say 'begin from' to mean the same thing?
Hello Taka

I was about to dismiss 'begins from' as unidiomatic; but my (revised) impression, after googling on 'starts/begins from *** pm', is that 'starts from' is more common in BrE, while 'begins from' is more common in other dialects.


Interesting, indeed.

Thank you, MrP!
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I would say "starts at 7 am" or "starts on Monday" instead of "starts from ... " The logic is very simple. The action of something starting or beginning is a one-time action, and relates to a point of time and not a period of time.

We can't say "the exam begins from Monday" because the exam can't be "beginning" every day from Monday! So the right usage is "the exam begins on Monday".

However, we can say "the exam will be held from Monday", because the word 'hold" relates to a period of time, and not to a point of time.


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Is it clear?