Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    joham is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    1,519
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Hi_there_carl: first time (continued)

    Dear Hi_there_carl,
    Thank you very much. With your help, I got to know what the difference is between 'for the first time' and 'the first time'. The following sentences come from dictionaries. Could we put a 'the' before the adverbial 'first time'?

    I'm not really expecting to pass first time. (Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, 6th edition, pass12)

    A student may retake the exam if s/he does not pass first time. (Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners, s/he)

    Don't worry if you can't manage first time. It'll come with practice.(Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners, practice)

    You should pass the test first time, but we can't guarantee.(Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners, guarantee)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    465
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Hi_there_carl: first time (continued)

    I was taught that the definite article is used before singular and plural nouns when the noun is specific or particular. First time is a specific noun phrase and therefore requires the article "the" be placed before it. In common usage in North America the following would be correct.

    I'm not really expecting to pass the first time.

    A student may retake the exam if s/he does not pass the first time.

    Don't worry if you can't manage the first time. It'll come with practice.

    You should pass the test the first time, but we can't guarantee.


Similar Threads

  1. Is Yesterday a past time?
    By shun in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 13-Feb-2008, 18:54
  2. first time, the first time, for the first time
    By joham in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Dec-2007, 16:52
  3. turn, turn, turn
    By Nefertiti in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 18-Oct-2007, 18:16
  4. Revisiting Present Perfect
    By jwschang in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 39
    Last Post: 07-Feb-2006, 12:50

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •