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    In the first place

    I want to learn the use of "In the first place". Please suggest some usage note of this idiom.
    I wrote a sentence using this idiom. Is this sentence correct?

    "The urge to wish what I learned today was a nightmare in the first place is nagging at me."

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    Re: In the first place

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    I want to learn the use of "In the first place". Please suggest some usage note of this idiom.
    I wrote a sentence using this idiom. Is this sentence correct?

    "The urge to wish what I learned today was a nightmare in the first place is nagging at me."
    I'm not sure! What your sentence means to me is:

    - You learnt something today.
    - What you learnt wasn't a nightmare.
    - You [want to] wish that what you learnt had been a nightmare originally, but it wasn't.
    - For some reason, the thing that is really nagging at you is that you want to wish that it had been a nightmare originally.

    Is that what you mean?

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    Re: In the first place

    Yes exactly...
    Is my use of "in the first place" in this sentence correct?

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    Re: In the first place

    The sentence doesn't work for me- it's all a bit choppy and unclear and 'in the first place' doesn't fit there with the meaning you want. I wonder whether was in fact a nightmare might work better.

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