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    Default The first to calculate vs first calculated

    Which of the two sentences below you think is the most appropriate? Do they have the same meaning?

    Radhanath Sikhdar was the first to calculate that this peak in the Himalayan peak stood taller than any other mountain in the world.


    Radhanath Sikhdar first calculated that this peak in the Himalayan range stood taller than any other mountain in the world.

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    Default Re: The first to calculate vs first calculated

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaume Ripoll View Post
    Which of the two sentences below you think is the most appropriate? Do they have the same meaning?

    Radhanath Sikhdar was the first to calculate that this peak in the Himalayan range stood taller than any other mountain in the world.


    Radhanath Sikhdar first calculated that this peak in the Himalayan range stood taller than any other mountain in the world.

    Thank you.
    They are both OK.

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    Default Re: The first to calculate vs first calculated

    But they have different applications. The first is about which geometer was first to calculate.... The second is a simple assertion that RS did. It would usually be followed by a statement of time: 'RS first calculated... in <date>, but he did not announce his findings until <later-date>.'


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    Default Re: The first to calculate vs first calculated

    The first sentence meaning is clear to me. About the second one, I don't know wether it means that " Radhanath Sikhdar was the first man in history to calculate the height of Everest" or that "The first thing Radhanath Sikhdar did when he came to Himalaya was to calculate the height of Everest".

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    Default Re: The first to calculate vs first calculated

    "Radhanath Sikhdar was the first man in history to calculate the height of Everest"

    "The first thing Radhanath Sikhdar did when he came to Himalaya was to calculate the height of Everest"

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