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    firstly, first, first off

    What's the difference among these three adverbs?

    Could you give me some examples for them?

    How should I use them? Can I use them indifferently?

    FIRST, FIRST OFF, FIRSTLY

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    Re: firstly, first, first off

    They have differing degrees of formality, to me. From most to least formal: firstly, first, first off.

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    Re: firstly, first, first off

    Any other explanations, please?


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    Re: firstly, first, first off

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    What's the difference among these three adverbs?

    Could you give me some examples for them?

    How should I use them? Can I use them indifferently?

    FIRST, FIRST OFF, FIRSTLY

    I don't like the use of "firstly," and I edit it out of whatever it has crept into.

    "First off" is almost entirely verbal (not seen in written work), and it is quite informal.

    "First" is the right word, and it can be extended a little to smooth its path:
    - In the first place
    - The first example
    - For one thing

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    #5

    Re: firstly, first, first off

    I was taught exactly the same as Ann.


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    Re: firstly, first, first off

    In written English, you may use "firstly" and "first" interchangeably.

    "Firstly" is an adverb, so you can use it at the beginning of a sentence...

    Firstly....; Secondy.... ; Thirdly....

    OR

    you can use "First" at the beginning of a sentence in two ways:

    First (as an adverb).... ; Secondly....... ; Thirdly........

    or

    First (as a determiner) ......; Second.......; Third.........


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