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    Question Which one is right? (easy)

    Is it your first time here Alan?

    or

    Is this your first time here Alan?


    Which one of them is the right one?

    Thank you all in advance!


    *ilovethisforum*

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    Re: Which one is right? (easy)

    Hi, and welcome to Using English.

    Either one, although I think I'd be more likely to use "this" myself.

    You should put a comma before "Alan."
    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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    Exclamation Re: Which one is right? (easy)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hi, and welcome to Using English.

    Either one, although I think I'd be more likely to use "this" myself.

    You should put a comma before "Alan."
    Yes, I agree. Both are potentially correct. The only difference is that ‘this’ refer to a thing in general, much more directly than "it" without a previous reference. So, use ‘it’ with a prior reference; as:
    Welcome to this nice place. Is it your first time here, Alan?

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