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    Smile first and foremost. I believe this word is so helpful, but I can't use it.

    Hello everyone,

    I would like to know how to use first and foremost in sentences, especially when I want to express advantages and disadvantages.

    Can I say: It is my opinion, first and foremost, .........?
    Last edited by saloom2; 19-Mar-2013 at 19:16.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Default Re: first and foremost. I believe this word is so helpful, but I can't use it.

    You should say, "It is my opinion that, first and foremost,...." so that the "first and foremost" is part of what your opinion is, rather than referring only to the fact that you have an opinion.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: “First and foremost”

    You can also say, “It is my opinion, first and foremost, that ….”

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    Default Re: “First and foremost”

    I'm sorry, Nehushtan, but I don't agree. As I wrote above: if you put it like that, you are saying that the mere fact that you have an opinion about the matter is the most important element of your total statement.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: “First and foremost”

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    As I wrote above: if you put it like that, you are saying that the mere fact that you have an opinion about the matter is the most important element of your total statement.
    I don’t agree with that myself. A clause can be modified by putting the modifying phrase before the conjuction “that” as well as after.

    • It is my opinion, first and foremost, that Plan A will waste money, and second, that Plan B will save money.
    • It is my opinion that, first and foremost, Plan A will waste money, and second, Plan B will save money.

    I don’t see any difference between these two sentences (or what they have to do with the fact that the speaker has an opinion).
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    Default Re: “First and foremost”

    Quote Originally Posted by Nehushtan View Post
    1. It is my opinion, first and foremost, that Plan A will waste money, and second, that Plan B will save money.
    It is my opinion that, first and foremost, Plan A will waste money, and second, Plan B will save money.



    I don’t see any difference between these two sentences (or what they have to do with the fact that the speaker has an opinion).
    I agree with Grumpy. I think that in #1, 'first and foremost' could appear to go with 'my opinion'.

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    Default Re: “First and foremost”

    If you wanted “first and foremost” to apply to your having an opinion, it would be better to phrase it this way: “My opinion, first and foremost, is ….”

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    Default Re: “First and foremost”

    I thought "first and foremost" sounded trite when this thread started, and its continued use here only reinforces my opinion.

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    Good call, SoothingDave. The rest is silence...
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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