Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Starting"

The meaning of "Starting" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does to fire the starting gun mean?
A: It’s a common phrase that means that a race is starting or something that is time sensitive.
Q: What does I set the starting time for 30 minutes. mean?
A: it means the event will start in 30 minutes or whatever you are doing will happen 30 minutes from now.
Q: What does "A starting pistol or starter pistol is a blank handgun that is fired to start track and field races, as well as competitive swimming races at some meets." mean?
A: A starting pistol is a gun used to start races like track and field. A gun is fired into the air, and the participants start the race. A blank gun is a gun that doesn't use real bullets. Instead, it uses gunpowder and plastic or paper in place of bullets.

“at some meets” means “at some racing events.” A meet is a place where competitions are held (like track and field for example)

Synonyms of "Starting" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between It's exciting starting a small business. and It's exciting to start a small business. ?
A: I think both are natural, and common, and convey the same idea, but the second one feels more polished to me.
Q: What is the difference between It’s starting to rain and It starts to rain ?
A: “Mary, it’s starting to rain. You should head inside.”
it’s starting to rain is used in dialogue so you can say it to somebody.

It starts to rain, Mary goes inside to keep dry.
It starts to rain is used as narration.

Translations of "Starting"

Q: How do you say this in English (UK)? Hello! I’m starting this app right now!
A: Same - "Hello! I'm starting this app right now"
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? What is the starting point and ending point of life?
A: When does life begin and end?

Other questions about "Starting"

Q: What does "out of the starting block" mean? Please let me know.
A: Starting blocks:

1). a device used by runners, especially sprinters, for increasing their speed off the mark

2). the beginning of an endeavor or period of time.
Q: "It's the starting that's the hardest part." Does this sound natural?
A: The beginning is the hardest part.
Q: A starting salary just after graduation from university is around 2600 euro at a rate of 130 yen per euro. Does this sound natural?
A: You should say the amount of yen instead of "at a rate of 130 yen per euro" because this sounds a little unnatural.

Try this: "A starting salary just after graduation from university is around 2600 euro, or 338,000 yen."
Q: “When starting to talk about something, it's better to make it the subject of the sentence.” Does this sound natural?
A: You could say "when you start to talk about a new topic, start the sentence with the subject"
Q: He is a starting pitcher for tomorrow pre season game. He will play until third inning. Does this sound natural?
A: Almost. :)
He is the starting pitcher for tomorrow's pre-season game. He will play until the third inning.

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