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    It is my first time to V

    1. This is the first time I've eaten Mexican food.
    2. This is my first time to eat Mexican food.
    #1 is supposed to be correct. Is #2 also acceptable?

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    #2

    Re: It is my first time to V

    #1 is the standard construction in BrE. #2, I believe, is often preferred by AmE speakers.

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    #3

    Re: It is my first time to V

    I see nothing wrong with either construction, as an AmE native.

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    #4

    Re: It is my first time to V

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    Both are acceptable, but #1 is the most natural. The infinitive makes the sentence a little 'stiff', if that makes any sense.

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    #5

    Re: It is my first time to V

    Arguably better-sounding would be

    It was the first time for me to eat....

    but the first construction is certainly the better of the two to my ears!

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    #6

    Re: It is my first time to V

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. This is the first time I've eaten Mexican food.
    2. This is my first time to eat Mexican food.
    #1 is supposed to be correct. Is #2 also acceptable?
    To my ear, #2 sounds wrong. We don't do it that way in AusE. I can't even remember ever having read it in novels, etc.
    Does anyone have any examples from serious writing? Or is this a spoken form?

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    #7

    Re: It is my first time to V

    I suspect that it is considered a little colloquial...

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    #8

    Re: It is my first time to V

    "This is my first time eating Mexican food" sounds better to me than "... my first time to eat Mexican food," but "the first time I've had/eaten Mexican food" sounds the most natural of all.
    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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    Re: It is my first time to V

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    To my ear, #2 sounds wrong. We don't do it that way in AusE. I can't even remember ever having read it in novels, etc.
    Does anyone have any examples from serious writing? Or is this a spoken form?


    I don't know about these examples being serious enough writing but here you go:

    1. Hello Folks, this is my first time to send a message to the Leeds support list.

    2. No, it'll be my first time to do anything quite like this.

    Both found here: [bnc] BNC Simple Search - Using the BNC

    You may come with different examples while writing "first time to" in the search box as this search engine returns randomized results

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    #10

    Re: It is my first time to V

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    1. Hello Folks, this is my first time to send a message to the Leeds support list.
    2. No, it'll be my first time to do anything quite like this.

    Both found here: [bnc] BNC Simple Search - Using the BNC
    You have to be careful how you use BNC. It has 106 citations for 'first time to' of which 100 are for 'the first time to'; however, 98 of these are for 'for the first time to', in which those words preceded by a verb, as in 'he went for the first time to his new office'. There are only two for 'my first time to' - those you quoted. 'My first time to' is therefore pretty uncommon.

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