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    at the beginning

    Letter to a friend

    "Hello mate,
    At the beginning/Firstly I would like to express my gratitude for your support last night ..."

    The correct translation is вначале или сначала?
    Чем отличаются?
    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

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    I feel no difference. Also can be "Сперва".
    In official letters it may be better to use a little bit more "stylish" - "Прежде всего" ("express my gratitude" conforms to this style).
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    Прежде всего я хотел бы поблагодарить тебя за ....

    Sounds nice!

    Alex I don't feel confortable about the: "no difference".

    For example a client asks me. How I could improve the serives of my company.
    And I answer: At the beginning you should improve your marketing.
    I think in this case сначала sound as: "from the beginning" and not "at the beginning".
    I am wrong?
    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

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    I think in this case сначала sound as: "from the beginning" and not "at the beginning".
    Ehh... More like "Startingly" vs "Beginingly" (I know there is no such words in english). No difference. Both are ok.

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