what is the difference between start time and starting time?

If I am talking about work start time at a job site, can I say starting time is 7 in the morning?

Thanks a lot.

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There is no difference in meaning, so either would work in your sentence. There's not a big difference in popularity either, although "start time" looks to be more popular.

You can see evidence for this in either Google NGrams or the BYU corpora (although to use the latter you need to create a free account). For the BYU corpora I checked COCA and BNC. I searched specifically for START time, which matches any form of "start". Do note that "start time" seems to be overrepresented because there are one or two sources that use the expression a lot, with each instance being reported as its own hit.

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