I would like to ask about the difference between the two phrases starting with and starting from.
Take the following two sentences for example:
- Please give me all the names starting with A.
- Please give me all the names starting from A.
I can gather that starting from means that I am interested in finding out all the names, but I have requested the listener to start listing names that begin with the letter A.
Starting with means that I am only interested in names that start with the letter A, such as Anthony, Alice, etc.
The problem arises with sentences such as:
Let's start cutting back on our expenses, starting with/from the money we spend on food.
Does a change in the phrase starting with to starting from make a difference in this case?