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I am not sure if this is correct.

I feel that from the beginning implies something that lasts until now, while in the beginning implies something that only existed at the beginning. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Thank you!

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    Yes. (Oh! You wanted to know what it might be?) "In the beginning" is about precisely that -- the beginning. "From the beginning" implies a chronology from the beginning through to some later time. – Hot Licks Dec 13 '15 at 1:47
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OP is correct.

Except that "from the beginning" is not necessarily "until now." It could just mean from the beginning until a stated end, like:

"from the beginning of the Roman empire until the end of the Roman empire..."

But yes, "in the beginning" is a point in time, (a.k.a. the beginning).

"From the beginning" is a period of time (though not necessarily until now), determined by the use of until (stated end).

  • Glad to be of help! – Jack Roy Dec 13 '15 at 10:08
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Yes, OP is correct. "From the beginning" implies something which lasts until now, while "in the beginning" implies something which existed in the beginning only.

Let me supplement this with an example:

  1. From the beginning, we have a three-tier political system.
  2. In the beginning, we had a two-tier political system.

Hope the issue is clear now.

  • Correction: From the beginning we have had a three-tier political system. – Anonym Dec 13 '15 at 5:08
  • thank you, Dinesh Kumar Garg, your supplement is really helpful! – Shim Shay Dec 13 '15 at 6:31

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