Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 994
    #1

    a first / a second

    Hello!

    I came across a sentence that I found a bit confusing.

    What is a good place to go for a first date?

    I cannot understand why we should say 'a first' but not 'the first'. Is there any rule that we should follow here?

    Will you go on a second date with him?

    Does 'a second' mean 'another one' here (and therefore the definite article is not required)?

    I'd be very grateful for help.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Jul 2010
    • Posts: 5,098
    #2

    Re: a first / a second

    "The" would be good too in my opinion. The sentence simply treats first dates as a category of which you can pick one element. Note that there may be many first dates in your life---first with that particular person. But even if there weren't such a possibility (if the speaker thought every person can have only one first date), still first dates could be treated as a category. It's something many people experience. Similarly, you can say

    What is a good place for a prom?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 994
    #3

    Re: a first / a second

    I think I got it
    thank you!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,842
    #4

    Re: a first / a second

    I would add that Will you go on a second date with him? suggests that no plans or arrangements have been made yet.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •