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Here is a song lyric:

At the starting of the week
At summit talks you'll hear them speak (DJ SHADOW_SİX DAYS)

I am wondering if the following sentences have the same meaning:

At the starting of the week
At summit talks you'll hear them speak

At the start of the week
At summit talks you'll hear them speak

which is the most correct usage: start or starting ?

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If you wish to talk about a piece of machinery starting to operate, then starting is the only option.

Locked rotor torque test is not done on wound rotor motors but on squirrel cage induction motors to determine the torque developed at the starting of the motor. Electrical machines

When you want to talk about the start of a period of time, as in your question, start is the best choice and, in my opinion, starting sounds wrong. This NGram shows that starting is used, but it is very uncommon.

  • Thanks for the reply. I have never heard of Google NGram before. İt seems pretty useful for checking the usage of the English words. Extra thanks for mentioning about Ngram – ullas84 Feb 8 '18 at 12:17
  • Agreed, though you have to check some individual instances to make sure that it is selecting the right meaning. – JavaLatte Feb 9 '18 at 11:54

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