Can someone please tell me which of the following is correct? (It may be confusing, and if you find it to be so, please let me know so that I can edit it)
-The first time that I picked up the cup, I spilled the water.
-At the first time that I picked up the cup, I spilled the water.
Thank you for your time.
Thanks for trying, but unfortunately this was not the answer I was looking for.
On a more hopeful note, would anyone like to contribute a legitimate reason as for why the first sentence is better than the second one?
The second probably isn't grammatically wrong. But I bet among all the people you ask, 9 out of 10 would go for the first. Sometimes statistics just prevail over grammatical legitimacy.
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'At the first time' is not a natural collocation and that's a perfectly 'legitimate reason' why the first sentence is better than the second.