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    He is the first African American to do/doing

    Hi, everyone. Please review the two sentences below:

    Barack Obama is the first African American to take the position as U.S. president.

    Barack Obama is the first African American taking the position as U.S. president.

    Which one is correct? Thank you.

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    Re: He is the first African American to do/doing

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Hi, everyone. Please review the two sentences below:

    Barack Obama is the first African American to take the position as U.S. president.

    Barack Obama is the first African American taking the position as U.S. president.

    Which one is correct? Thank you.
    I wouldn't say either, why not something like: "Barack Obama is the first African American to be U.S. president".

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    Re: He is the first African American to do/doing

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I wouldn't say either, why not something like: "Barack Obama is the first African American to be U.S. president".
    Thank you.

    How about "Barack Obama is the first African American being U.S. president"?

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    Re: He is the first African American to do/doing

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Thank you.

    How about "Barack Obama is the first African American being U.S. president"?
    No, you can't use "being" there.

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    Re: He is the first African American to do/doing

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, you can't use "being" there.
    How about 'becoming' or 'being elected'? Any verb's -ing form is not correct there? Thank you.

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    Re: He is the first African American to do/doing

    No, not now that he has already been elected, has already become the president.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: He is the first African American to do/doing

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No, not now that he has already been elected, has already become the president.
    I see. Thank you for your kind help.

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