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Are both expressions below valid and equivalent?

  • "At the beginning …"
  • "During the beginning …"

"During the beginning …" seems wrong to me.

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  • There's also "In the beginning" which is a little more extended than "At the beginning" so is similar to "During the beginning" but is much more common.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Sep 18, 2020 at 9:14

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Valid, yes, equivalent, no.

at

used to show an exact position or particular place:

during

from the beginning to the end of a particular period:

Which can be a period known as the "beginning."

Hence, one could say that at the beginning of a class, half the students had arrived, but during the beginning, as the teacher took attendance, all but two arrived.

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