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    In sports, action is the things that happen during a game. And action is uncountable in this sense. So, when the start time of the game is published, it reads something like:

    "First action starts at 7:00pm "

    But, first seems to suggests countability, when action in a game is uncountable. Should I add an article before first action? Is using an ordinal number adjective with an uncountable noun incorrect or slangy?

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    Re: First Action

    Quote Originally Posted by Lampp View Post
    In sports, action is the things that happen during a game. And action is uncountable in this sense. So, when the start time of the game is published, it reads something like:

    "First action starts at 7:00pm "

    But, first seems to suggests countability, when action in a game is uncountable. Should I add an article before first action? Is using an ordinal number adjective with an uncountable noun incorrect or slangy?
    I've never heard that but perhaps you can count individual actions within specific games or sports. For example, a serve in tennis might be classed as an action. So you could, I suppose, suggest that the first ball will be served at 1pm by saying "First action". I have a problem with it being followed by "starts" though. I would expect just "First action at 7pm".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: First Action

    So, these are the same:

    "He saw first action in the game"
    "He saw action for the first time in the game"


    And these are the same too:
    "He felt first anger"
    "He felt anger for the first time

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    Re: First Action

    Quote Originally Posted by Lampp View Post
    So, these are the same:

    "He saw first action in the game"
    "He saw action for the first time in the game"


    And these are the same too:
    "He felt first anger"
    "He felt anger for the first time
    No, the first choice is not natural at all. Neither is your original sentence with "first action."

    I would say "The action begins at ..."

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    Re: First Action

    So, these are very different:

    "He experienced first love at 15"
    "He experienced love for the first time at 15"
    ?

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    Re: First Action

    So, "first action starts at 7pm" should be change to "a/the first action starts at 7pm".

    also "He experienced first love at 15" is wrong and should be changed to :

    "He experienced a/the first love at 15"

    because "first" quantizes "action" and "love"?

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    Re: First Action

    Quote Originally Posted by Lampp View Post
    So, "first action starts at 7pm" should be changed to "a/the first action starts at 7pm". Not necessarily, "a" doesn't work but "the" is OK if the action/activity was mentioned previously (check rules for use if the definite article "the"). As Gilnetter has suggested, the media takes liberties when reporting and "First action...." is typical of those kind, especially in the printed media when space is limited.

    also "He experienced first love at 15" is wrong and should be changed to : Again, not necessarily, and OK if using love in a general sense.

    "He experienced a/the first love at 15" I wouldn't use "a" but maybe "his"; "the" would be OK if his lovelife was mentioned previously.

    because "first" quantiifies"action" and "love"? No.
    Maybe it would help if you considered "first love" and "first action" as a compound noun.

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