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  1. Newbie
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      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
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      • Spain
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      • Spain

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    #1

    in the first place? or, firstly?

    Hi,

    Could you say "In the first place" instead of "firstly", or "first" when enumerating?

    thank you

  2. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
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    #2

    Re: in the first place? or, firstly?

    I'd use it differently- We should never have come here in the first place. (The beginning of some unfortunate events)

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