(something) started out (adjective/adverb)

When you're talking about an event that takes some time, you can describe the beginning separately from the rest of the event. The phrase "___ started out ___" is useful for this.

The evening started out fine, but then at dinner we started to argue.

You can also use a verb with "start out":

I started out thinking that I had a chance to win, but after the first round I knew I had no shot.

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