Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: called a first?

  1. #1
    goodsogi is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    54
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default called a first?

    This is the article about surgery on a fetus in the womb at CBC news.

    "A baby's heart was repaired while she was still in the womb, which doctors at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children called a first in Canada."

    What does the blue mean? Doctors called on a telephone first in Canada? Doctors succeeded in that kind of surgery first in Canada? Isn't "the first", not a first, correct? I learned that I should put "the" in front of first.

  2. #2
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,277
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: called a first?

    There are many things that happen for the first time, many that happen for the first time in the field of medicine, and many thing that can happen for the first time in Canada (even if they happen somewhere else before then).

    This was the first time this type of surgery was done in Canada, so it was "a" first. (The next day, another new surgery could have been done for the first time, making that another first.)

    They referred to it as "a" first, because there are many other types of first that can exist.

Similar Threads

  1. [General] Could a surgeon be called 'Doctor' in USA?
    By PennyJ in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 08-Jan-2009, 02:03
  2. [Grammar] What is called "syntactically correct"?
    By thedaffodils in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-Nov-2008, 22:49
  3. ! () ; : ! [ ] >< what it that called in english?
    By veronikad in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 30-Sep-2008, 07:35
  4. how is she called?
    By Will17 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-Apr-2008, 21:50
  5. Why is "Paralympics" called so?
    By Silver Boat in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Jan-2008, 12:05

Posting Permissions

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