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    " i was first" ?

    here is the story: a person went to had himself a hair cut, his phone rang , then he went out,now he has come back and saw many people sitting on the chair waiting for hair cut.


    then he complained to the hair stylist said " i was first" .


    question: why can't he said " i am first " instead of " i was first"

    what is " i was first mean? " (i was here first before the others came ? )

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    Re: " i was first" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by endeavor6636
    here is the story: a person went to had himself a hair cut, his phone rang , then he went out,now he has come back and saw many people sitting on the chair waiting for hair cut.
    then he complained to the hair stylist said " i was first" .
    question: why can't he said " i am first " instead of " i was first"
    what is " i was first mean? " (i was here first before the others came ? )

    "I was first" means that he was first in line or in the queue before he went out, and now believes he should retain his priority. I understand "I am first" as being more assertive - almost a challenge to the others.

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    Re: " i was first" ?

    A more polite way to phrase it would be "Excuse me, but I was here first." In any case, it's considered common courtesy to let that person go ahead of you if he was, in fact, there first.

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    Re: " i was first" ?

    so, is this what it mean?> " i was the first one here before the other came" ?

    to simplify the sentence , become > i was first ?

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    Re: " i was first" ?

    It means "I was first in line, he was second, etc. (but now the order has changed)." In a more assertive, present-tense voice I would say, "I am next," or "It is my turn." Quite often, in spoken English, the past tense or passive voice is used for politeness.

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