Tell me please if there is any difference between the following sentences.

Usually I start making breakfast at 7 o'clock.

Usually I make breakfast at 7 o'clock.

For that matter, is there any difference between

I finished making breakfast at 8


I made breakfast at 8?

If there aren't and differences, then which ones are more common?

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    It depends how elaborate your breakfast is! If you start to prepare a full cooked breakfast at 7.00, it's no good telling the rest of the household that breakfast is at seven, but if breakfast is a bowl of muesli each, you could get away with saying "I make breakfast at 7.00". – Kate Bunting Dec 24 '19 at 9:11

All three make sense in the proper context, and are equally likely.

Of course, without specifying "start" or "finish", the answer is less precise.

"Usually I make breakfast at 7 o'clock," could mean the speaker starts at that time, or, casually speaking, if you're a guest, come in for the meal at 7.

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