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for a start | to start with

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase for a start | to start with

Meaning

You can use this to introduce the first of several reasons, points, opinions, etc.

For example

  • "Why do you want the job?"
    "Well, to start with, the wages are good. And it's also close to where I live."

  • "It's not fair, Dad. Why can't I go?"
    "For a start, it's a school night. And then there's the party - they're all much older than you."

Note:
"Firstly" has the same meaning, but is used in formal written and spoken English.

Quick Quiz

You can say "For a start" or "To start with" before giving

a. your best reason

b. your first reason

c. your only reason

Contributor: Matt Errey