Why do I have a hard start up and unexpected stalling? on 1997 Ford Escort

Bought used 4 mos. ago from private dealer. Didn't start having problems until 3 mos. ago with hard start up. Engine cranks but won't catch for a few seconds 7 out of 10 x's. Engine stalling began about 2 months ago, 3 out of 10 x's. Will start right back up. Replaced alternator & battery

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Do you have good spark plugs and correctly gaped?
Geeze. Can't believe I didn't think of that! I'm not sure, but I will definitely check now. THANK YOU