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    #1

    Cool the first

    Hello!

    Is "the" necessary in these cases?:

    1)"Who will be the first in this competition?"

    2)"Who will be the first to speak?"

    Thank you

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    Re: the first

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Is "the" necessary in these cases?:

    1)"Who will be the first in this competition?"

    2)"Who will be the first to speak?"

    Thank you

    W
    Yes, it is necessary to use 'the' in these sentences.

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    Re: the first

    Not a teacher

    Which of the following is more common 'Who will speak first' and 'Who will be the first to speak'?

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    Re: the first

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    Not a teacher

    Which of the following is more common 'Who will speak first' and 'Who will be the first to speak'?
    I would say they are about equally common.

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    #5

    Re: the first

    Quote Originally Posted by shoaib 1 View Post
    Yes, it is necessary to use 'the' in these sentences.
    No, it isn't.


    1) "Who will be the first in this competition?"

    This would only be said if you were implying "Who will be the first (to compete) in this competition?" If you are asking who will win, you would say, "Who will be first in this competition?"

    2) "Who will be the first to speak?"

    It's fine, but so is "Who will be first to speak?"


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    Re: the first

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    Not a teacher

    Which of the following is more common 'Who will speak first' and 'Who will be the first to speak'?
    When there is a verb(not just a linking verb) before the ordinal number and no noun after it, we don't use "the" e.g.
    "Who will play first(of all)?

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