Is this sentence correct?

I am starting learning xyz.

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It is, but I am starting to learn xyz might be preferable, if only to avoid the sound of the two -ing forms one after the other.

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    It should especially be avoided in phrases like "starting learning dancing." Jan 28, 2012 at 13:44
  • @ChankeyPathak: Hope it helps. Jan 29, 2012 at 11:47

This statement is not wrong in popular English -- but in "formal" contexts you should prefer something like:

I am starting to learn xyz.

But, sometimes the former is more suitable. For example

I'm practicing dancing.

is more common (even formally), than

I am practicing to dance.

Hence, the bottom line is: use what people are accustomed to hear and read. (unless of course it's a new coinage)

  • I thought dancing is a noun.
    – Yousui
    Jan 28, 2012 at 23:59

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