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    Is/Was this the first time you went to London?

    Context: My friend recently went to London to see the Olympics. Now he is back home in China.

    If I see him, would I say : Was that the first time you visited London? or Is this the first time you visited London?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Is/Was this the first time you went to London?

    The trip is now in the past. What tense do you think you should use.
    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: Is/Was this the first time you went to London?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The trip is now in the past. What tense do you think you should use.
    I would say: was this the first time you visited London?

    But one of friends suggested that I say: is this the first time you have visited London? regardless of the fact the trip is complete.

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    Re: Is/Was this the first time you went to London?

    Either find a new friend or stop worrying about the accuracy of your English.

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    #5

    Re: Is/Was this the first time you went to London?

    Was that the first time you had been to England?
    Had you been to England before?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is/Was this the first time you went to London?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Was that the first time you had been to England?
    1--Was that the first time you visited England?
    2--Was that the first time you had visited England?

    Do they mean he same?

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    Re: Is/Was this the first time you went to London?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    Context: My friend recently went to London to see the Olympics. Now he is back home in China.

    If I see him, would I say : Was that the first time you visited London? or Is this the first time you visited London?

    Thank you.
    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    I would say: was this the first time you visited London?

    But one of friends suggested that I say: is this the first time you have visited London? regardless of the fact the trip is complete.
    Why the change? 'Was that' is fine in this context. 'Was this' is OK in some contexts too, but if you use it and have a foreign accent people will assume you're making a mistake!

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    Re: Is/Was this the first time you went to London?

    I do not understand why "had been" is used here instead of "have been". Does anyone know? Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Was that the first time you had been to England?
    Had you been to England before?

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    Re: Is/Was this the first time you went to London?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    I do not understand why "had been" is used here instead of "have been". Does anyone know? Thanks!
    At the time of 'you' being in London, 'you' could think, "This is the first time I have been in in London". At a later time, 'you' are asked, "Was that the first time you had been in London?"

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    Re: Is/Was this the first time you went to London?

    So could I say "Have you been to London before" instead of "Had you been to London before" as suggested in the previous post?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    At the time of 'you' being in London, 'you' could think, "This is the first time I have been in in London". At a later time, 'you' are asked, "Was that the first time you had been in London?"

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